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The effect of swiftlet nest cleaning process on the nitrite and protein contents


Mohd Taib, Siti Husnaa and Abd Gani, Siti Salwa and Ab. Rahman, Mohamad Zaki and Basri, Mahiran and Shamsudin, Rosnah (2014) The effect of swiftlet nest cleaning process on the nitrite and protein contents. In: Malaysia International Halal Research & Education Conference 2014 (MIHREC 2014), 2-4 Dec. 2014, Marriott Putrajaya Hotel, Malaysia. (pp. 202-206).

Abstract / Synopsis

Swiftlet nest (SN) is a nest that is produced by different species of swiflets in the genus Aerodramus and Collocalia during the breeding season. It is widely consumed as a health food product for its high beneficial effects to human being. In recent years, the swiftlet nest industry is facing a difficult time because of the high level of nitrite detected in edible SN. This study was conducted to determine the nitrite and protein content of raw and processed SN. The study showed that raw SN has low concentration of nitrite whereas processed SN was devoid of nitrite. Analytical results showed that raw and processed SN exhibited high protein content (56.9%-60.9%) which did not differ significantly before and after processing of SN. In conclusion, cleaning process could reduce the nitrite content and preserve the protein content in SN. API Nitrite test kit is a useful tool and rapid method for the determination of nitrite content in swiftlet nest.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Science
Halal Products Research Institute
Publisher: Halal Products Research Institute, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Keywords: API nitrite test kit; Kjeldahl method; Nitrite; Swiftlet nest; Protein
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2018 16:42
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2018 16:42
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