TECH NEED

Seeking Methods To Tenderise Spent Hens

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Foods - Ingredients
Foods - Quality & Safety
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TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Singapore
ID NUMBER:
TN174409

Background/Description

A spent hen is a commercial layer chicken that has over peaked its optimal egg-laying potential. When hens reached the end of their economically viable life, they are usually converted into meat products. However, the meat has a high amounts of heat-stable collagen content, leading to a tough texture, and high insoluble protein and tissues that are difficult to process by conventional heat treatment.

The company is keen to explore different technological solutions that can tenderise the meat, with minimal nutrient loss and a short production time of less than 1 hour.

Technology Specification

The company is open to different treatment methods, but not limited to:

  • Pre-treatment (e.g. marination, soaking in brine)
  • Enzymatic (e.g. Bromelain)
  • Chemical (SFA approved)
  • Physical (e.g. pressure cooking)
  • Ready to deploy solutions
  • Application to other meat products (e.g. beef, lamb, poultry)

WHAT WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN

  • Methods that involve long cooking/production time (>1 hour)
  • Artificial preservatives

Preferred Business Model

  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture)
  • IP Acquisition
  • Licensing
  • R&D Collaboration
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