The Use of Microbial Derived Enzymes in Response to African Swine Fever
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African Swine Fever ASF is a severe viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs and is responsible for significant production and economic loss. The virus can be spread by live or dead pigs or pork products, transmission can also occur from contaminated fomites (non-living objects) i.e. shoes, equipment, knifes and vehicles. There is no vaccine for ASF and outbreaks are currently being reported across Eastern Europe and significant areas of Asia including China where domestic husbandry of pigs has been severely depleted. Pork is a staple of the Chinese diet and accounts for over 50% of global pork consumption. The increased demand for importing of whole pig carcasses into China has put significant strain on pig producing markets in Europe and has also created a shortage of pork-based products in speciality markets i.e. pig organs for the collection and production of enzymes such as insulin, trypsin and pancreatin from the pancreas. These enzymes are often used in the food and pharmaceutical markets, as well as the growing digestive aids market. Production and supply of collagen and gelatine from hides and skin both used in food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries, have also been impacted by ASF.
In response to the increased market demand for alternatives to animal-derived enzymes due to the disruption of supply from ASF, Biocatalysts have developed a microbial pancreatic lipase, Lipomod™ 888MDP (L888MDP) specifically for use in applications where manufacturers are looking to hydrolyse different fats to generate flavour. Lipomod™ 888MDP performs like pancreatic lipase in application and provides the reassurance of consistent quality and supply of the enzyme. During the development process we were very aware to ensure that all components were Kosher, Halal, GMO-free compliant as well as vegetarian and vegan, we understand that this additional product benefit supports our customer's drive to meet the consumer demand for clean label products in all their forms.