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Non-Invasive high power ultrasound (HPU) processing method for meat tenderization

Objective

Meat tenderness has long being recognized as the most important attribute of meat, greatly influencing consumer acceptability. After meat slaughtering, shortening of the muscle protein fibers causes the meat to become tough (“rigor mortis”). For meat to become enough tender to be sold to the final consumer, it has to be under chilling storage for a period ,between 7-90 days, resulting in high meat processing costs, along with high energy consumption.
A variety of chemical, physical and mechanical methods are currently available for tenderizing meat, although they have not fulfilled meat processors requirements in terms of production costs and modification of the meat or organoleptic properties. The most promising technique for meat tenderization is High Power Ultrasound. It significantly reduces the aging period, being a low-cost non-invasive technique, avoiding changes in the organoleptic properties of meat. However, commercially application of HPU for tenderization is not available since current studies have not taken into consideration the natural variation on muscle size, animal type, meat cuts and geometry.
UltraTender intends to develop an optimized process for beef meat tenderization by high power ultrasounds, covering a wide range of meat cuts with different tenderness grades, geometries and sizes. Our main objectives will be:
- To develop the most appropriate high power ultrasound protocol for each meat sample in order to provide a uniform tenderizing effect.
- To create a Prediction software tool with 80% reliability using Matlab to define the parameters for the selection of the ultrasound protocols for each meat cut.
Our optimized tenderization process will lead to a time reduction up to 80% of the whole tenderization process for a wide range of meat cuts and animal types. This will lead to 60% production costs reduction increasing profit margins of fresh meat products by 4.5€/Kg.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/acoustics/ultrasound
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/tissue engineering/artificial pancreas/current studies
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/fibers

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Address
Calle Miguel Villanueva 2 6 Piso Puerta 3
26001 Logrono
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 30 113
Administrative Contact
Esther Castellanos (Mrs.)

Participants (6)

LINCIS SOLUCOES INTEGRADAS PARA SISTEMAS DE INFORMACAO LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 335 141
Address
Av Senhor Da Paciencia 36 B
4705-448 Braga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adelino Silva (Mr.)
LAVO SRL

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 141 394,91
Address
Piazza San Giacomo 14
20833 Giussano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Attilio Tagliabue (Mr.)
ASOCIACION PARA LA INVESTIGACION DESARROLLO E INNOVACION DEL SECTOR AGROALIMENTARIO - AIDISA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 5 970
Address
Carretera Nacional 120 Km 22.8
26315 Aleson La Rioja
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Emilio San Martín García (Mr.)
DIL DEUTSCHES INSTITUT FUR LEBENSMITTELTECHNIK EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 9 028
Address
Prof Von Klitzing Strasse 7
49610 Quakenbrueck
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kerstin Lienemann (Mrs)
INDUSTRIAS CARNICAS ALONSO S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 332 887,95
Address
Ctra. Alcaudete 20
45662 Alcaudete De La Jara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gabriel Alonso Garcia (Mr.)
RI-LAVO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 215 495,14
Address
Via Vittorio Emanuele Ii 36
20900 Monza Mb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paolo Cirillo (Mr.)