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A lighter delicacy

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Turning waste chicken feathers from the poultry industry into an alternative and lean source of edible protein.

Traditionally, feather waste from poultry production is disposed of either through landfill or incineration. Feathers discarded without any treatment can cause odour, encourage flies and rodents, and also pollute local rivers and soils. ‘A lighter delicacy’ proposes to convert the nutrient composition of feather waste into a new edible product. Chemically, chicken feathers are composed of approximately 91% protein (keratin) which contains up to eight types of the essential amino acids we require as part of a healthy diet. These can be reprocessed to produce a tender texture, with the quality and aesthetics of high-quality ingredients.


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