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New Non-Sulphite Shellfish Treatment

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SCOTLAND - Scottish company, Shellfish Treatments Ltd, leads the way in the fight to reduce hazardous food allergens with the launch of their new ST 500 sulphite free anti melanosis treatment for use on shellfish.

The Canadian Governement's Health Canada website states that sulphites are one of the nine most common food products causing severe adverse reactions.

There has therefore been a call for moving towards an alternative to sulphite based treatments for shellfish.

Traditionally, hazardous sulfite based products have been used within the shellfish processing industry as a treatment to prevent melanosis (black spot) but now that is no longer necessary.

ST 500 sulphite free anti melanosis treatment controls unsightly melanosis for up to 14 days on fresh shrimp, prawn and shellfish.

Shrimp and prawns treated with ST 500 are now delivered to the market retaining their natural colours, natural sweet flavours and firm texture expected of high quality seafood.

When using ST 500 there are none of the adverse tastes, pungent odours or bleaching effects associated with sulphite use.

By bringing more than 50 years of collective experience from the chemical, food, fishing and processing sectors, the team at Shellfish Treatments Ltd have been able to deliver a wealth of knowledge, experience and technical know how whilst developing ST 500.

ST 500 was developed in the UK with particular attention paid to producing a product that is a truly viable cost effective alternative to sodium metabisulphite and other sulphite based treatments.

Pat Mair, Quality Control Manager for Laeso Fish stated, “As an MSC accredited company we are always looking at ways to deliver sustainable products with the highest quality to our clients. Having taken part in the Seafish “Alternatives to Sulphites” project several years ago we were pleased to work with Shellfish Treatments Ltd to evaluate their new sulphite free anti melanosis product ST 500 on appearance, taste, odour, shelf life and microbial analysis and were delighted with our findings”.

Ruary McGregor, Managing Director of Shellfish Treatments Ltd, who has been involved in product development for over 25 years, said: “We feel now is the right time to launch ST 500 as our research and valuable feedback has shown that the market realises that the time is right to move away from hazardous sulphite based products as consumers now demand that their food is more natural with fewer hazardous additives”.

“We are now actively seeking distribution partnerships throughout the world, in order to maximise the potential of the new product”, Mr McGregor concluded.

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