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Enzymes- An Existing and Promising Tool of Food Processing Industry

[ Vol. 10 , Issue. 1 ]


Lalitagauri Ray, Sunita Pramanik and Debabrata Bera   Pages 58 - 71 ( 14 )


Background: The enzyme catalyzed process technology has enormous potential in the food sectors as indicated by the recent patents studies. It is very well realized that the adaptation of the enzyme catalyzed process depends on the availability of enzyme in affordable prices.

Objective: Enzymes may be used in different food sectors like dairy, fruits & vegetable processing, meat tenderization, fish processing, brewery and wine making, starch processing and many other. Commercially only a small number of enzymes are used because of several factors including instability of enzymes during processing and high cost.

Method: More and more enzymes for food technology are now derived from specially selected or genetically modified microorganisms grown in industrial scale fermenters. Enzymes with microbial source have commercial advantages of using microbial fermentation rather than animal and plant extraction to produce food enzymes.

Conclusion: At present only a relatively small number of enzymes are used commercially in food processing. But the number is increasing day by day and field of application will be expanded more and more in near future. The purpose of this review is to describe the practical applications of enzymes in the field of food processing.


Enzymes, immobilized enzymes, food processing, industries, biotechnology, biocatalyst.


Department of Food Technology & Biochemical Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata - 700032. India.

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