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PROCURED: Optimization Of The Salting Process For The Production Of Healthier And Higher Quality Dry-Cured Meat Products With Reduced And More Standardized Salt Content

Objective

Salt is used across Europe in the production of a wide variety of dry-cured meat products, which are not only important because of their high economic value, but also due to historical, cultural, and gastronomical reasons. Among them, the different varieties of dry-cured ham produced in many European countries are the most notable and economically relevant examples.
In spite of their overall nutritional and gastronomical properties, the high sodium content in dry-cured products has become a major concern in terms of public health. Recently, the enhancement of the consumer awareness of the health effects of a salt rich diet has increased the market demand for reduced sodium food products. However, the development of these segments has proved to be a major technological challenge for the sector, due to the irreproducibility of the salting process. The heterogeneity of the resulting product is also responsible for substantial economic losses due to the fact that part of the production does not meet the expected quality standards. Besides, it reduces significantly the yield in the production of sliced products.
The main goal of this project is to develop a pre-competitive salting control platform to enable an accurate control of the salting stage in the production of dry-cured meat, which will ultimately result in a more homogeneous and standardized salt content in the final product, and will enable developing new product segments with reduced salt content. The proposed solution integrates different novel in-line meat inspection technologies, and uses a Neural Network to determine optimum salting parameters.
The project consortium brings together a group of leading SMEP in the sector of services and machinery for the meat processing industry, with the objective to develop after the project a commercial solution demanded by customers. The consortium also includes Meat Processors, which will be involved in the validation of the technology, and leading Research groups.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

LENZ INSTRUMENTS SL
Address
Calle Venezuela 31 Nave 3
08019 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 271 629,02
Administrative Contact
Jacobo Alvarez (Dr.)

Participants (8)

STRASSER GMBH & CO KG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 184 149,52
Address
Gewerberstrasse 1
5151 Nussdorf Am Haunsberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefan Strasser (Mr.)
ROSER CONSTRUCCIONES METALICAS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 198 710,73
Address
Ctra Riudellots 11
17244 Cassa De La Selva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pere Mañe Arcos (Mr.)
STEVIA KERESKEDELMI ES SZOLGALTATO KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 174 066,20
Address
Utca Ornagy 8
1143 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Attila Somkuti (Mr.)
JAMONES CENTELLES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 69 242,59
Address
P.i. La Gavarra C/ Can Minguet
8540 Centelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Boadas (Mr.)
F.LLI GALLONI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 79 481,76
Address
Via Roma 84
43013 Langhirano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlo Galloni (Mr.)
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 23 547,17
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jordi De La Cuesta Fernández (Mr.)
STAZIONE SPERIMENTALE PER L'INDUSTRIA DELLE CONSERVE ALIMENTARI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 29 326,53
Address
Viale Faustino Tanara 31/A
43100 Parma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ermes Monica (Dr.)
NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 6 846,47
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alicja Grzegorzek (Mrs.)