PHOSPHATES ON THE TABLE
The Prayon food applications laboratory develops products specially adapted to the ever more
complex needs of the food industry. It responds in the best way possible to developments in the
market and to all requests from the sector.
Focusing on meat and seafood processing, process cheese production and industrial baking
applications, the laboratory constantly develops its expertise and the performance of phosphates
to be used in multiple food applications.
The laboratory regularly organises training and information sessions on the use of phosphates
in different areas.
The laboratory also provides clients with scientific information and technical support in the use
Phosphorus is present in the human body
at a ratio of 6-12 g/kg and is just as vital
to human life as calcium, nitrogen, carbon,
hydrogen and oxygen.
Phosphorus plays an important role in
many biochemical processes and is a
basic element in our bones, teeth and
For example, phosphorus is a basic ele-
ment of DNA, the substance which allows
us to pass on our genetic heritage.
Phosphorus also plays an important role
in all physical and mental activities. It
is the main element in ATP (adenosine
triphosphate), the energy reserve in our
cells which helps in contracting our mus-
cles, transmitting nerve impulses and
regulating our body temperature.
Phosphorus is a mineral and therefore can-
not be produced by the body- like calcium,
it must be provided by external sources.
Phosphate salts serve a duo process by
stabilising various foods and by providing
Tricalcium phosphates are even more
advantageous as they provide both cal-
cium and phosphorus, thus improving
the nutritional quality of many different
The FAO* established the ADI** for phos-
phorus at 30 mg/kg i.e., around 2000mg
per day for an adult.
As an indication, various studies in Central
Europe have shown current phosphorus
intake to be around 1300-1400 mg per
person in that region.
* FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
** ADI: Acceptable Daily Intake