- Surimi is a refined
form of minced fish meat.
- The Japanese word "surimi"
literally means "minced meat". However, surimi is more than minced
- Raw surimi is a truly
bland material, since its flavor components are removed by the
- Japan's exports of
surimi-based products to the U.S. have risen sharply in recent
- The discovery of
methods for producing a stable frozen surimi from Alaska pollock
allowed surimi manufacturing to evolve into an automated
mass-production system to keep pace with expanding demand.
- The advent of an
automated surimi production process meant that surimi production
could be performed aboard a factoryship using freshly caught fish
directly on the fishing grounds.
- The Japanese
government launched an $8.5 million 5- year program aiming to
develop surimi from the dark meat of sardine and Pacific mackerel,
abundant domestic species.
- Japan has been
importing annually between 4,000 and 5,000 metric tons of frozen
surimi from Taiwan and Thailand. Taiwan manufactures frozen surimi
at about 60 land-based plants using croaker and sharp-tooth eel.
- The prices of
ship-processed surimi have been much more stable than those of
land-processed surimi, although they are not entirely free from
- Surimi is the
intermediate raw material from which the end products called "neri-seihin"
(surimi-based products) are manufactured.
- The ship-processed
surimi generally exhibits a gel-forming capacity higher than that of
land-processed surimi which has gone through several cycles of
- Sugar, the most
important component, comprises 8 per cent of the salt-free surimi
and 10 per cent of the salt-added surimi.
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