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Final Report - NUTRAMEAT (Development of new nutraceutical meat products)

Project ID: 17554
Funded under: FP6-SME


NUTRAMEAT was a European funded project within the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) whose general objective was to develop new nutraceutical meat products with a very high palatability and health properties such as:
- reduction of unwanted cholesterol in blood (low fat content, olive oil);
- decrease of animal fat and enhancement of meat quality attributes (conjugated linoleic acid supplementation on pork);
- reduction of colon disorders, constipation, cancer of the colon, hyperlipidemia problems, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity (oat bran fibre)

The specific objectives of the project were to:
- research meat emulsions containing low fat content (olive oil), oat bran (fibre) and Transglutaminase enzyme (TG);
- research meat emulsion containing Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), evaluate the effect of CLA supplementation on the enhanced healthiness of pork products;
- protect meat preparations from degradation and oxidation phenomena, especially as far as lipidic fraction is concerned, by incorporating plant extracts rich in polyphenols;
- evaluate the nutritional benefits of the new meat products formulated with olive oil and fibre components;
- develop the nutraceutical meat products most appropriate for Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) respective product catalogues;
- implement the corresponding industrial processes, previously having been tested in pilot plants, analysing possible results deviations and solutions;
- analyse the technological quality and stability of the new nutraceutical meat products;
- fully validate the industrial products developed by the SMEs.

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