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DAFM National Call 2014 14/F/805 UCC, (Teagasc) €594,123

Project Title:

Development of Fortified Blended Foods using fermented buttermilk/cereal

Project Coordinator:

Prof Nora O Brien

Project Abstract

In 2013 it is estimated that 842 million people were food insecure, the vast majority in developing countries. The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) assists almost 100 million food insecure people in over 70 countries and purchases in excess of US$ 1 billion of food annually to meet its objectives. The WFP supplies beneficiaries with Food Baskets containing staples and very often complemented with Special Nutritional Products including Fortified Blended Foods (FBFs) targeted at young children to prevent stunting. Current FBFs are primarily composed of dried legume/cereal blends fortified with micronutrients which are then reconstituted by heating with water and consumed as porridge. This proposal is to develop novel FBFs using Irish-sourced ingredients (sweet buttermilk and cereal) and fortified with micronutrients. Our novel products are based on a traditional dried fermented milk/cereal product Kishk which is widely consumed as porridge across Northern Africa, Middle East and Indian sub-continent. We propose to optimise the manufacture of fermented buttermilk/cereal-based FBFs. We will systematically evaluate the products’ compositional, nutritional, sensory, shelf-life and microbiological attributes. The products will be superior nutritionally to existing legume/cereal FBFs used by the WFP as our products will have a dairy/cereal base. Cost analysis will also be conducted.

Final Report:

Not available yet.