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Novel continuous in-pack decontamination system for fresh produce

Objective

In 2008 a WHO report on microbial safety in fresh produce prioritised leafy green vegetables as the highest priority in terms of fresh produce safety from a global perspective. It is critical that effective decontamination steps are in place to ensure consumer protection and confidence in fresh produce. There is thus a requirement to ensure microbiological safety during production of minimally processed fresh foods in order to reduce contaminants and control cross contamination events to maintain microbiological quality and safety. There is a clear need to provide fresh cut fruit and vegetables packers with an affordable, safe and effective method of offering microbiological safety assurance, while at the same time increasing shelf life and retention of nutritional quality.

This project aims to develop a novel continuous in-pack decontamination system for fresh produce, by building on the results of past research that has been carried out by the Dublin Institute of Technology, whereby plasma technology has been effectively used for the in-pack decontamination of food products at laboratory scale. Plasma is widely used for industrial materials processing, and has recently shown promise as a decontamination tool, by injuring and inactivating pathogenic bacteria on inert food contact surfaces. A prototype in-pack decontamination system will be designed and built during the project, and its effectiveness for decontaminating fresh bagged lettuce, fruits and vegetables will be validated in industry. The system allows for short half-life radicals, such as singlet oxygen, to be generated within a sealed bag leading to microorganism inactivation, after which the confined gas returns to its original composition. The impact of the results hold benefits for consumer safety and confidence, extended shelf-life and increased demand for fresh produce, which will in turn impact on the competitiveness of fresh food processors.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/fruit growing
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/vegetable growing

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 64 177
Administrative Contact
Colm Digby (Mr.)

Participants (10)

POTRAVINARSKA KOMORA CESKE REPUBLIKY
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 166 419,28
Address
Pocernicka 96
108 03 Praha 10
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
šárka štejnarová (Ms.)
FACHVERBAND DER NAHRUNGS UND GENUSSMITTELINDUSTRIE
Austria
EU contribution
€ 369 848,66
Address
Zaunergasse 1 3
1030 Wien
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Blass (Dr.)
TUERKIYE SUET ET GIDA SANAYICILERI VE UERETICILERI BIRLIGI DERNEGI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 58 552,79
Address
Mustafa Kemal Mahallesi 2125 Sok A Blok 6/8
06510 Ankara
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Melek Us (Ms.)
GOSPODARSKA ZBORNICA SLOVENIJE
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 293 532,09
Address
Dimiceva 13
1504 Ljubljana
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Tatjana Zagorc (Ms.)
FULLWELL MILL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 337 494,34
Address
North Hylton Road - Southwick Ind Estate Unit 5D
SR5 3TX Sunderland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Fawcett (Mr.)
NATURE'S BEST LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 246 876,80
Address
Donore Road Matthews Lane
Drogheda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Owen Quinn (Mr.)
CITRUS LEVANTE, S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 70 484,05
Address
C/ Baleares 5 (Pol. Ind. Poyo De Reva Parcela A3)
46394 Riba-roja
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Victoria Gilabert (Prof.)
OSV SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 186 003,32
Address
Via Roma Nord 135
46020 Villa Poma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberta Gorni (Ms.)
INSTITIUID TEICNEOLAIOCHTA BHAILE ATHA CLIATH
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 17 462,40
Address
Grangegorman Lower
D07 H6K8 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
John Donovan (Dr.)
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 17 462,40
Address
Glasnevin
9 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Declan Raftery (Dr.)