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Don't forget Lauricidin.

Letters to the editor are always welcome. Send your comments and suggestions via email to: or mail to Happi, 70 Hilltop Road, Ramsey, NJ 07446 USA.

The Preservative Market Update (May, p. 89) did not contain any mention of Lauricidin (monolaurin), a GRAS food emulsifier. This unique lipid is a natural compound found in mother's milk and saw palmetto and has wide spectrum antimicrobial properties. It is the center stage for producing "self-preserving" (preservative-freet formulations by the use of "Hurdle Technology."

The use of self-preserving formulas have unique properties for world legislative acceptance; less formation of resistant organisms; a method of preserving natural products and perceived customer benefits.

Detailed information can be found in a book by J. Kabara and D. Orth. A number of high profile companies are now working in this direction. The use of "Hurdle Technology" (H-T) not only allows for globalization of preserved products but also is an answer to the perception that parabens are bad. I do hope that in future articles on product preservation that you will consider H-T technology. A discussion of Hurdle Technology for product preservation represents the cutting edge of future preservative technology.

Prof. Dr. Jon J. Kabara

Med-Chem Labs.
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Title Annotation:Letters to the Editor
Author:Kabara, Jon J.
Publication:Household & Personal Products Industry
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Aug 1, 2004
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