“Many forms of processed foods have come under the spotlight over recent years for their unhealthy attributes. Processed red meat in particular has been a focal point,” Professor Chris Elliott, who ran the Government’s investigation into the 2013 horsemeat scandal and now chairs the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast.
“Nitro containing compounds, used within the manufacture of conventional bacons, are recognized to trigger the formation of chemical compounds which have unfavorable well being impacts.
“To have a bacon produced naturally, that doesn’t require such chemicals to be added or formed during processing, is a very welcome development.”
The bacon is the primary to be utterly free from nitrites, preservatives, E numbers and all allergens.
Neil Parish MP, the chairman of the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee, stated: “Making bacon with out nitrites – and decreasing the risk within the well-known full English breakfast – is a exceptional feat of meals know-how and an excellent British success story.
“This is additional proof that the British meals business goes from power to power.”
The objective of including nitrites is to offer cured meat its attribute pink color, texture, some flavour and in addition to assist as a preservative.
The new pure flavouring getting used is produced from pure Mediterranean fruit and spice extracts, following ten years of analysis and improvement. And crucially, in unbiased blind style exams, shoppers stated it was as good or higher than historically cured meat.
The flavour is presently being utilized in continental type hams within the European Union, however this would be the first time the know-how has been utilized to British bacon and out there to UK shoppers.
Every yr Britons eat 159 million kg of bacon – value virtually £1 billion in retail gross sales.
The first packets of Naked Bacon can be out there in Marks and Spencer on January 10th 2018, whereas Naked Ham launches on January 15th.
Kirsty Adams, Marks and Spencer: “We know that our clients care about their well being and are more and more on the lookout for more healthy choices for themselves and their households.
“ We have labored intently with Finnebrogue all through their innovation on Nitrite Free bacon, to make sure our personal model recipe is a implausible tasting bacon with out compromise on flavour – as our clients would anticipate.
“We are very excited to be the primary to launch an personal model with a again and streaky bacon, and shall be trying to comply with this up with cooked hams within the very close to future.”
Denis Lynn, Finnebrogue chairman, added “I’ve been everywhere in the world to determine a solution to make bacon with out nitrites – and so far we’d by no means made a single rasher of bacon as a result of we couldn’t work out find out how to do it.
“Our Naked Bacon is not only safer than any other bacon on the market, it also tops the charts in blind taste tests.”