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Novel continuous in-pack decontamination system for fresh produce

Obiettivo

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.

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FP7-SME-2011
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IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Indirizzo
Carretera D Esplugues 39 41
08940 Cornella De Llobregat
Spagna

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Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo
Colm Digby (Mr.)
Contributo UE
€ 64 177

Partecipanti (10)

POTRAVINARSKA KOMORA CESKE REPUBLIKY
Cechia
Contributo UE
€ 166 419,28
Indirizzo
Pocernicka 96
108 03 Praha 10

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Other
Contatto amministrativo
šárka štejnarová (Ms.)
FACHVERBAND DER NAHRUNGS UND GENUSSMITTELINDUSTRIE
Austria
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€ 369 848,66
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Zaunergasse 1 3
1030 Wien

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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo
Michael Blass (Dr.)
TUERKIYE SUET ET GIDA SANAYICILERI VE UERETICILERI BIRLIGI DERNEGI
Turchia
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€ 58 552,79
Indirizzo
Mustafa Kemal Mahallesi 2125 Sok A Blok 6/8
06510 Ankara

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Other
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Melek Us (Ms.)
GOSPODARSKA ZBORNICA SLOVENIJE
Slovenia
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€ 293 532,09
Indirizzo
Dimiceva Ulica 13
1000 Ljubljana

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Other
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Tatjana Zagorc (Ms.)
FULLWELL MILL LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 337 494,34
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North Hylton Road - Southwick Ind Estate Unit 5d
SR5 3TX Sunderland

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo
Peter Fawcett (Mr.)
NATURE'S BEST LIMITED
Irlanda
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€ 246 876,80
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Donore Road Matthews Lane
Drogheda

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo
Owen Quinn (Mr.)
CITRUS LEVANTE, S.L.
Spagna
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€ 70 484,05
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C/ Baleares 5 (Pol. Ind. Poyo De Reva Parcela A3)
46394 Riba-roja

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Victoria Gilabert (Prof.)
OSV SRL
Italia
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€ 186 003,32
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Via Roma Nord 135
46020 Villa Poma

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Roberta Gorni (Ms.)
INSTITIUID TEICNEOLAIOCHTA BHAILE ATHA CLIATH
Irlanda
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€ 17 462,40
Indirizzo
Grangegorman Lower
D07 H6K8 Dublin

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Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contatto amministrativo
John Donovan (Dr.)
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY
Irlanda
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€ 17 462,40
Indirizzo
Glasnevin
9 Dublin

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Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contatto amministrativo
Declan Raftery (Dr.)