Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) will organise a 'Food Festival' at the College of Fisheries on Monday.
The event, themed 'Shelf Stable Value Added Products for Health and Food Security', is aimed at popularising value-added meat, fish and milk products developed by the university. Farmers and food gourmands are expected to participate in the festival.
VK Taneja, vice-chancellor of the university, said animal protein is high in nutritional content.
“Keeping in mind their short shelf-life and the increasing demand for ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook value-added products, there is a need to ensure that it is processed to make it last longer, even while preserving its nutritive value. These products are healthier and attract more customers, and therefore also fetch a higher price,” he said.GADVASU has produced many such milk, fish and meat products.
Three PAU-affiliated colleges - College of Veterinary Sciences, College of Dairy Science and Technology and College of Fisheries - will keep their products on display at the festival. Their products will also be available for sale, said Taneja.
“College of Veterinary Science's department of Livestock Products Technology has developed health-oriented meat products such as low-fat meat patties, fibre-enriched meat nuggets and sausages, omega-3 fatty acid enriched meat patties and balls, bioactive compound enriched meat patties, restructured meat loaves and low-salt meat products”, said department head Manish Kumar Chatli.
Meanwhile, College of Dairy Science and Technology is said to have introduced array dairy products such as kesar badam milk, spiced-processed cheese foods, low calorie milk cake and low fat yogurt ice cream.