Lauric arginate, also known as LAE® (Ethyl lauroyl arginate HCl) is a compound synthetised from L-arginine, lauric acid and ethanol. Due to its cationic and surfactant nature, it is an effective preservative against Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria, such as: Listeria monocytogenes, Leuconostoc mesenteroides, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella spp., Escherichia coli, Campylobacter jejuni, Bacillus cereus and Clostridium botulinum. It also shows activity against moulds and yeasts.
Mirenat® is the trade name of the range of formulated products based on LAE®, intended for the food industry.
Aminat® is the trade name of the range of formulated products based on LAE®, intended for the cosmetic industry.
It is a technological innovation as it is hydrolyzed in the human body by chemical and metabolic pathways breaking the molecule into natural compounds common in human diet (lauric acid, L-arginine and ethanol). This feature gives LAE® a remarkable degree of safety.
Its innocuousness is demonstrated by numerous toxicological studies carried out by institutions such as Huntingdon Life Sciences, CSIC, Universitat de Barcelona, SafePharm, ABC Research, EVIC, NOTOX and CIDASAL (see the entire list here).
No effect on the taste and flavor of the food product.
Processing aid in the USA for meat where no labeling is required.
Active at low doses, easy to use and handle.