Indexed on: 13 Mar '14Published on: 13 Mar '14Published in: Fisheries Science
Imitation crab meat, first developed in Japan, is very popular in restaurants in Paris, appearing as “surimi” on the menu. Today, more than 300,000 tons of imitation crab meat are produced in modern imitation crab meat plants in North America, Europe, and Russia, and the term “surimi” has gained acceptance internationally. The term “surimi” originally referred to frozen surimi, an intermediate material for fish paste products. Frozen surimi was developed from walleye pollock, in Japan, in 1959, marking the beginning of the use of intermediate material for aquatic food products. As intermediate food materials such as wheat flour and starch paved the way for the modernization of the agricultural food industry and the industrialized production of agricultural food, so the development of frozen surimi made worldwide production of imitation crab meat possible, and paved the way for the modernization of the aquatic food industry and the industrialized production of aquatic food based on the results of chemical and technical research. Two major developments, namely frozen surimi and imitation crab meat, promoted the use of walleye pollock and led to innovation in aquatic food production technology.