Food poisoning is increasing throughout the EU. Since most of the microbial contamination of foods is present on the surface of foods before they are processed, the elimination or substantial reduction of pathogens from the surface of red and poultry meat and fruit and salad vegetables would significantly reduce food poisoning. Recent decontamination investigations have not achieved the degree of microbial reduction that was predicted using existing microbial death kinetic models. Accurate models of microbial death on foods during surface pasteurisation processes would be of considerable help in the development of efficient thermal decontamination systems for meat, fruit and vegetables. The development of such systems would lead, in turn, to improved food safety and quality. This project will develop and verify such models.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
GL55 6LD Chipping Campden,glouste
63122 St Genes Champanelle