When it comes to the large-scale production of food, longevity and product stability are always concerns. You want consumers to receive a product that is just as good as it was when it was first made. Various factors contribute to food deterioration during processing and storage. Sometimes enzymatic reactions lead to food deterioration, such as oxidation. Chelating agents, also known as sequestrants, can be used to protect food from many enzymatic reactions by binding to minerals and metal ions.
Chelating agents are also frequently used in the production of detergents and cleaners, the manufacture of pulp and paper, and photo industrial production. For use in the food industry, it is important only to use food-grade chelating agents. One option now available at Ingredi is Trilon® NA Food Grade.
What is Trilon NA?
Trilon NA, manufactured by BASF, is a food-grade additive (calcium disodium EDTA) used to control trace metals which are responsible for catalyzing discoloration, oxidation, turbidity, corrosion, texture deterioration, the development of off-flavor and rancidity, or other deteriorative changes in food and beverage products during processing or storage. One of the biggest benefits with using Trilon NA is that it prevents canned foods and beverages from developing a metallic taste. Its appearance is a white, crystalline, free-flowing powder.
Trilon NA meets all requirements in the current Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) and is FDA approved for use in a wide range of food products. It bears the OU symbol, Kosher and Kosher Pareve for year-round use, under certification of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.
Additionally, Trilon NA complies with halal requirements. This FG chelating agent is GMO-free and free of known-allergens, making it suitable for use in foods appealing to various lifestyles and dietary restrictions.
Here is a small sample of products where Trilon NA can be used:
- Canned products
- Carbonated beverages
- Salad dressings
- Potato products
- Pickled vegetables
- Animal feed
Compared to other chelating agents/sequestrant additives (such as citric acid), Trilon NA is often more effective at overcoming deteriorative changes in foods and beverages.