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DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW COST, FAST AND SECURE SYSTEM FOR EGG STERILISATION USING AN ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE PLASMA SYSTEM

Objective

Within the last decade there has been significant growth in the use of egg products for both home and commercial use. The largest egg producing countries are China, the USSR, the US and Japan. The leading EU producers are The Netherlands, Spain, France and Italy. The Netherlands is the largest producer and exporter to EU countries. Despite this market share, various factors threaten EU producers, most prominent of which are zoonotic pathogens, namely Salmonella egg contamination. To date, a number of sterilisation methods exist for disinfecting eggs, including chemical, thermal and radiation methods. However, such treatments are not sustainable given that chemical products can be absorbed by egg shells, contaminate egg content and chemical washing of eggshells is not permitted in the EU for eggs destined for human consumption, thermal processes affect egg content or lead to shell cracking, slow pasteurisation is far too time-consuming for widespread use in the modern egg producing installation and irradiation of eggs is not permitted in the EU. Furthermore, SMEs lack the resources for developing a more advanced egg sterilisation technology. To this end, consortium SMEs have identified a clear need for a cost efficient and effective system for the secure sterilisation of eggs. The proposed EGGSTERILISATION will provide a highly effective system to sterilise eggs using a plasma source, a simple and safe microbial sterilisation technique, and contribute to reducing the high number of infections caused by this bacterium. The commercial objective of this EGGSTERILISATION proposal is to increase the competitiveness of SME egg producers and packers by providing them with a low cost, rapid and effective system that will be suitable for simple insertion into modern production or packing lines, facilitating installation and maintenance, thus saving time and associated costs.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/epidemiology/zoonosis
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/meteorology/atmospheric pressure

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 77 128,62
Administrative Contact
Ivan Rica (Mrs.)

Participants (7)

OVOBEL NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 150 995,79
Address
Bilkske 93
8000 Brugge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Greet Van Bosstraeten (Ms.)
APPLIED PLASMA PHYSICS AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 249 117,95
Address
Bedriftsveien 25
4313 Sandnes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arne Thomas Haaland (Mr.)
JCB. ELECTROMECANICA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 269 959,50
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Narcis Clavell (Mr.)
MJELSMARK GARDPAKKERI
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 240 839,50
Address
Nedervej 25
6430 Nordborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tove Thomsen Frost (Ms.)
IBERICA DE TECNOLOGIA AVICOLA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 25 070,78
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Boecillo 1
47151 Valladolid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Javier Ramirez Villaescusa (Mr.)
NOFIMA MAT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 39 085,20
Address
Osloveien 1
NO-1430 Aas
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sidsel Gaarder (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 19 356,50
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mercè Adell (Ms.)