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Nite Carbon Nanoclusters, a natural antioxidant for the food industry made from agricultural waste

Project description

A natural antioxidant to replace BHA and BHT

Biscuits, cakes, chewing gum and margarine, as well as nuts and instant potato products, have something in common, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA). This petroleum-based antioxidant is the synthesised version of vitamin E and is designed to reduce the harmful effects of oxygen in food, particularly in the ready-to-eat food market. But the use of BHA and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), another lab-made chemical added to foods as a preservative, is controversial due to adverse toxicological data. Meanwhile, European demand for natural antioxidants for shelf life extension has boomed in recent years. In this context, the EU-funded NCN project proposes a natural antioxidant that provides superior performance to synthetic counterparts at a lower price.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Via Tibullo 10
00193 Roma

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Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 21 429,00