Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mongolian scientists have extracted collagen protein from cow hide. As a result of the pilot experiment carried out by the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, a protein containing 50-60 percent collagen was characterized from cow hide.
A result of the pilot experiment was introduced October 16 at the scientific conference 'Food Safety' in Ulaanbaatar, organized by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, the country office of UNFAO and Mongolian Food Producers’ Association.
“Mongolia is home to 61 million heads of livestock. Reportedly, 10.5 million hides are annually supplied, of which about 24 percent are used for leather garments, whereas 75 percent are exported at a cheap price. The animal skin contains 90 percent collagen protein, thus Mongolia is fully potential to produce import-substitute products,” said B. Munkhtsetseg, a scientific worker at the Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology.
“Currently, Mongolians use imported collagen supplements. The pilot experiment has proven that the collagen protein we characterized has better quality than the imported collagen with its nitrogen content. It is a pure collagen. The size of bacteria and heavy metals in our collagen has been lower than the permitted level. A virulence rate is being determined by professional organization. Now, we intend to improve the feasibility study and carry out clinical research. If it works out successful, collagen protein can be included in the beauty and dietary supplements,” she added.