Moisturized tubular cellulosic food casing and process for preparing

  • US 4,867,204 A
  • Filed: 01/13/1989
  • Issued: 09/19/1989
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/13/1976
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A casing article useful for preparing an encased food product comprising in combination:

  • (a) a length of a large size tubular cellulosic casing for stuffing with a food product to provide an encased food product and said casing having a fibrous web embedded in its wall;

    (b) moisture present in said casing in an amount of at least about 20% and up to about 35% by total weight of the casing, said moisture being present;

    (i) in an amount sufficient to impart to the casing the extensibility and flexibility needed to permit the stuffing of the casing with a food product without the addition of further moisture thereby rendering said casing a moisturized casing, and(ii) in excess of the moisture content capable of supporting the growth of mold and fungi on said moisturized casing;

    (c) packaging means which retains said moisturized casing therein, said casing being stuffable with a food product without the addition of further moisture after a storage period under ambient conditions of at least ten weeks; and

    (d) a water soluble antimycotic agent present within said moisturized casing in an amount sufficient to render said moisturized casing resistant to the growth of molds and fungi for at least the period of time said moisturized casing is retained in said packaging means.

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