Program 3

Enhancing capacity to deliver nutrients that promote health and well-being through pork

Program Manager: Heather Channon

Enhancing capacity to deliver nutrients that promote health and well-being through pork will enhance the value and versatility of pork products resulting in:
a) an increased range of viable pork products and market opportunities for the Australian industry
b) demonstrated benefits from consumption of pork products by consumers

Subprogram 3A: Implement nutritional and genetic strategies to produce pork and pork products with functional food properties

Subprogram Leader : Heather Channon (Australian Pork Limited)

- Fresh pork products ready for retail with specific human health benefit properties
- Omega 3, CLA, Selenium
- Discovery within raw materials
- Genetic strategy to change fatty acids
- Value added pork products with increased functionality benefits
- Asian-style functionality benefits
- Incorporation of well-recognized or demonstrated functional food ingredients
- Assessment of pork and pork products for functionality using accepted models

Key Deliverables :
- Fresh pork products desired by consumers which can provide a significant proportion of the daily omega-3 fatty acid requirements of consumers.
- Fresh pork products ready for retail with specific nutritional attributes relative to the daily requirements of consumers (eg selenium, iron, bioactives)
- assessment of these fortified pork and conventional pork products for health claims using accepted models

Subprogram 3B: Enhancing the Iron content of Pork to promote human health benefits

Subprogram Leader : Heather Channon (Australian Pork Limited)

Key Deliverables :
- Improve the level and bioavailability of iron in pork through dietary iron supplementation
- Strategies to enhance the uptake and deposition of iron in pigs, thus increasing iron content in pork
- Investigate pig production systems that enhance the iron content of pork
- Use of nutrigenomics to increase the levels of iron in pork through cellular modulation

Research Reports

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