Decas Botanical Synergies Introduces NutriCran-AM Natural Antimicrobial Ingredient for the Food Preservation Market

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands and WAREHAM, Mass., Nov 16, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Published Study finds Optimized Formulation of Cranberry and Oregano Extracts for Inhibiting Listeria Monocytogenes in Beef and Fish

Decas Botanical Synergies (DBS), a division of Decas Cranberry Products, Inc., today introduced NutriCran-AM(TM), a synergistic powder blend for inhibiting Listeria monocytogenes in beef and fish. NutriCran-AM is an optimal formulation of "Best in Class" cranberry and oregano. The proprietary ingredient is made up of DBS' cranberry powder and RAD Natural Technologies, Ltd. Origanox(TM) oregano extract known for their superior quality and high antioxidant activity.

A recently published study determined that NutriCran-AM showed increased antimicrobial activity for inhibiting Listeria monocytogenes and that the synergistic natural food-grade ingredient may provide an additional protection beyond that of physical and other chemical treatment methods (Lin et al. Sept. 2004, Applied and Environmental Microbiology).

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium found in many food products and has been associated with food-borne outbreaks in North America and Europe. Listeria often lives in cold moist environments and according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is responsible for 3.8 percent of food-borne illness- related hospitalizations and 27.6 percent of food-borne disease-related deaths.

NutriCran-AM Market Applications and Benefits

Food products are subject to quality deterioration by oxidation which affects freshness, flavor and shelf life. Delaying oxidative damage and ensuring the quality of food products during the guaranteed shelf life is of major concern to all food manufacturers. NutriCran-AM may be used to enhance food quality and prolong shelf life and is made with natural GRAS ingredients which allows for clean labeling of food products.

"We're excited to introduce NutriCran-AM to the growing market of natural food preservatives," said Doug Klaiber, DBS's General Manager. "NutriCran-AM is the result of our ongoing research-driven product development and is one of several antimicrobial ingredients we've developed. DBS is targeting other food-borne pathogens and we will be announcing other unique and proprietary ingredients in the coming months for food manufacturers."

NutriCran-AM will be showcased at DBS's booth J9#07 at Health Ingredients Europe 2004 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands November 16th through November 18th.

About Decas Botanical Synergies (DBS)

Headquartered in Wareham, Massachusetts, Decas Botanical Synergies (DBS) is a division of Decas Cranberry Products, Inc., and is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary, value-added fruit-derived ingredients for the dietary supplement, functional food, animal feed and nutrition, personal care and cosmetics, and oral health industries. Specializing in cranberries, DBS' Fruitaceutical(TM) products are rich in natural bioflavonoid complexes, which provide manufacturers with powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial and nutritional properties, and a natural colorant for a broad variety of applications. Decas powders, extracts and oils offer cost-effective and natural options to enhance the taste, color, function and nutritional content of products. For additional information, please visit

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