Opossum seasoned minced meat mixed with chicken satisfied consumers at the settlement of Robles near the municipality of Jamundí (Province of Valle del Cauca.)Palmira, 28 de marzo de 2016 — Agencia de Noticias UN-
Most of the 31 people chosen to taste the product highlighted the good aroma, red color, taste and texture of the meat.
Furthermore after microbiological tests they discovered that opossum meat does not have salmonella, staphylococcus or coliform bacteria, which could compromise consumer health.
“This is a harmless product, made from good production and manufacturing practices,” said Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNal) in Palmira Agroindustrial Engineering students Juan Antonio Álvarez Villegas and Sandra Lorena Jiménez Patiño, whom began to search for production alternatives for this animal.
Under the direction of Professors José Igor Hleap Zapata and Arnulfo Gómez Carabalí, the young students determined the percentage of protein which was in the range of 14 to 16%.
“Although it is a small percentage if you take into account that cattle meat ranges between 21 and 27% and pork between 23 and 24%. Opossum meat may be maximized by adding extensors and vegetable protein, as well as natural spices and condiments such as “pipilongo” (Piper tuberculatum), from which green pepper may be obtained and whose plant is native to the municipality of Jamundí,” said the future professionals.
To manufacture the sausage, although they first thought of steaks but the contexture of the animal body did not allow it, they used four animals from the wildlife breeding center located in the settlement of Robles. Later they were sent to the UNal-Palmira Meat Technology Laboratory where they took samples to send to specialized labs.
“With the physicochemical analysis of opossum meat we determined that the amount of protein and fat corresponds to a lean and clean meat,” said student Juan Antonio Álvarez.
This project was funded by the Regional Autonomous Corporation of the Province of Valle del Cauca through Agreement 058 signed by UNal- Palmira as an interinstitutional wager for use and preservation of native resources of this region.
The goal of the project is to obtain nutritional alternative for opossums for the community of Robles.(Por: Fin/HAA/DMH/APBL