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May 5, 2013


Throw Away Your Tails, But Keep the Shells


A factory in Tromsø, Norway, produces chitosan, a product made from the shells of shrimp and other crustaceans, and sells it for $172 a kilo!


Consequently, scientists at Nofima, the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fishery and Aquaculture, which has around 410 employees and an annual budget of about $85 million, are participating in a major European Union-financed project to find uses for chitosan.  Because chitosan-based fibers are 100% biodegradable, the scientists hope to use them to replace the plastic in food packaging.  In addition, according to Morten Sivertsvik, director of research at Nofima’s Processing Technology Department in Stavanger, Norway, “Chitosan used as an integrated part of the packaging can have an antibacterial effect on the food products.”  Mavi, an Italian skin-care company, coordinates the two-year project that includes four EU companies and Nofima’s contribution of $172 thousand.  Chitopack, the website of the EU project, contains information on the work with chitosan packaging.


Information: MAVI, Research and Development, sud srl V.le dell’industria 1, 04011 Aprilia (LT), Italy (phone 06.9296261, fax 06.9281523, email, webpage


Information: Morten Sivertsvik, Director of Research, Processing Technology, Nofima, Måltidets Hus, Richard Johnsensgate 4, P.O. Box 8034, NO-4068, Stavanger, Norway (phone +47-51-84-46-37, mobile +47-905-97-998, email


Source: The FishSite (Fish Farmer Magazine).  Shrimp Shell Could Be Way Forward for Packaging.  May 2, 2013.


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