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Low cost, low maintenance and effective system to sterilise eggshells using hot air and Excimer UV lamps

Objective

The presence of salmonella bacteria in eggs is one of the main sanitary challenges of the egg producing sector, since eggs are the first cause of Salmonella outbreaks in all Europe. This bacterium resides in the intestinal tracts ofinfected hosts and is transmitted from the faeces of people and animals. Salmonellosis is one of the most common enteric (intestinal) infections and is the second most common food borne illness. There are several types of strains, but two of them, Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium, are responsible for half of all human infections. Once in the egg, Salmonella is very resistant. A person infected with the Salmonella enteritidis bacterium begins to show symptoms of infection 12 to 72 hours after consuming contaminated food - with infection lasting 4 to 7 days. While most persons recover with or without antibiotic treatment, diarrhoea can be sufficiently severe to require hospitalisation. The elderly, infants, pregnant women and those with impaired immune systems are more at risk with the potential of infections spreading from the intestines to the blood stream and to other body parts and ultimately threatening the life of the infected individual.
The main objective of the OVOSHINE project is to develop a low cost, secure and fast UV system in combination with hot air to sterilise eggs.
The proposed technology provides the following advantages:
• Unlike other treatments, the OVOSHINE system does not increase the temperature of the egg.
• The entire egg shell will be illuminated by highly energetic UV photons that will eliminate the bacteria.
• No chemical products will be used, thus eliminating egg contamination.
• A continuous sterilisation system will be used, to be inserted in the production or packing line, facilitating the installation in existing modern production lines.
• The disinfection process is both fast and of low cost, amounting to a very small contribution to the total egg cost.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

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

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
€ 87 934
Administrative Contact
Josep Perello (Mr.)

Participants (9)

ORGANIZACION INTERPROFESIONAL DEL HUEVO Y SUS PRODUCTOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 604 408,27
Address
Calle Juan Montalvo 5 1 D
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Maria Del Mar Fernandez Poza (Mrs.)
Associação Nacional dos Avicultores Produtores de Ovos
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 117 486
Address
Parque Industrial Manuel Da Mota Lote 35
3100 354 Pombal
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Paulo Mota (Mr.)
BAROMFI TERMEK TANACS A BAROMFI- ES TOJASTERMELOK SZOVETSEGE
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 60 144,77
Address
Pava Utca 8
1094 Budapest
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Attila Csorbai (Dr.)
OVOBEL NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 552 430,58
Address
Bilkske 93
8000 Brugge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Greet Van Bosstraeten (Ms.)
Daro UV Systems ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 524 870,30
Address
Churchfield Road Chilton Industrial Estate
CO10 2YA Sudbury Suffolk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Damon Goodyear (Mr.)
EL CANTO AGROALIMENTARIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 27 544,50
Address
Carretera Lominchar Yuncler Km 2 5
45214 Cedillo Del Condado
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jorge Herrera Llorente (Mr.)
IBERICA DE TECNOLOGIA AVICOLA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 37 527,72
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Boecillo 1
47151 Valladolid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ana Isabel Sanchez Mayorca (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
NOFIMA AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 46 653,75
Address
Muninbakken 9-13
9291 Tromso
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Risbraathe (Mrs.)