The objective of the project is to expand the current range of practical applications of nisin, the only bacteriocin approved for a wide range of food uses to date, by novel combinations with other biopreservatives and mild processes.
Fulfilment of this objective will enable food industries to produce more high quality and safe, minimally processed foods. The shared cost project proposes to integrate existing knowledge and techniques in novel combination processes and tailor them to feasible industrial applications. Focus will be on areas where there is a real need to come to more natural, fresh-like food products or more natural preservation procedures. Specific attention will be given to optimal guidance concerning the implementation of the new processes by food processing companies in practice.
As compared to nisin, hardly any of the other bacteriocins have enough attractive assets (in terms of spectrum of inhibition, stability or microbial resistance) that would warrant application in practice and thus the commercial effort to acquire approval. However, combinations of nisin with other biopreservatives or mild preservation processes can overcome some restrictions in the use of nisin and would widely expand the scope for nisin application in the procurement of safe and high quality foods. Synergistic effects between nisin and the combination processes may even allow more mild treatments.
Five EU research institutions with expert knowledge on mild and natural preservation systems and five small to large EU industrial partners, i.e. the 'end-users' of the technologies developed, will collaborate in the proposal. Different disciplines in the various research institutions and enterprises are : microbiology, food technology, biochemistry, biotechnology, sensor analysis, biopolymer science, nutrition, etc.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
CF1 1XL Cardiff