Use of cationic preservative in food products

Preservative in food preparations


This invention relates to a novel use of cationic preservatives and preparations according to this novel use. A cationic preservative derived from lauric acid and arginine, in particular, the ethyl ester of the lauramide of the arginine monohydrochloride, hereafter named LAE, can be used for the protection against the growth of microorganisms. The chemical structure of LAE is described in formula (I). LAE and related compounds are particularly suitable to be used in the preservation of all perishable food products. It is preferred to dissolve the compound directly before use in one of the following preferred solvents of food grade: water, ethanol, propylene glycol, isopropyl alcohol, other glycols, mixtures of glycols and mixtures of glycols and water. If the treatment shall be performed at a specific pH value the use of a corresponding buffer solution may be recommendable. The composition optionally comprises auxiliary components and excipients. Such auxiliary components and excipients can be thickening agents (e.g. xanthan gum, guar gum, modified starches), anti-foam agents (e.g. dimethylpolysiloxane, silicon dioxide), products to obtain the optimal pH value (e.g. phosphates, tartrates, citrates, lactates), colouring agents (e.g. curcumin, tartrazine, erythrosine), and aroma products. It is preferred, that the preservative composition comprises LAE in an amount of from 0,0001 % to 1 % by weight relative to the whole weight of the preservative composition. It is particularly preferred to use the inventive composition for the preservation of meat products, like for instance meat, poultry products, fish, crustaceans, vegetables, greens, emulsions, sauces, confectionery, bakery, pre-cooked meals, ready-to-serve meals, dairy products, egg-based products, jams, jellies, beverages, juices, wines and beers.