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IPB researchers create protein-dense biscuits as survival food

  • Theresia Sufa

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor, West Java   /   Fri, July 26, 2019   /   04:33 pm
IPB researchers create protein-dense biscuits as survival food Protein-rich catfish biscuits branded "Clarias" are displayed in Serambi Botani in Bogor, West Java, on July 26. The biscuits, developed by researchers from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture’s nutrition department, can be rationed and consumed during emergency situations, particularly after natural disasters. (JP/Theresia Sufa)

Researchers from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture’s (IPB) nutrition department have developed protein-dense catfish biscuits that can be rationed and consumed during emergency situations, particularly after a natural disaster.

IPB nutrition professor Sri Anna Marliyati said the biscuits were originally designed for malnourished toddlers as they can fulfill 20 percent of a toddler’s recommended dietary intake.

However, the biscuits can also be consumed by adults during times of emergency, such as natural disaster victims who do not have access to food or cooking appliances.

The biscuits are already available to the public but can only be purchased at the IPB.

“They are only available in Serambi Botani,” Sri said, referring to the IPB’s official store in Bogor, West Java.

Sri and her two colleagues, Mervina and Clara Kusharto, have been focusing on functional food research and innovations since 1995.

Among their innovations are iron-fortified herbs and spices, instant noodles with natural carotene, high-carotene frying oil, red-palm based food, and many others. They have acquired a patent for their catfish powder and are requesting a patent for another of their creations, high-antioxidant bagels. (gis)