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Development of a SOftware tool for Prediction
of ready-to-eat food product sHelf life, quality and safetY

Objective

The SOPHY project aims to develop a web-based software tool for prediction of product safety, quality and shelf life of ready-to-eat products. Fresh cut salads, fruit salads and deli salads were chosen as model food system. Food producers will be able to optimise their raw material selection, product formulation and processing steps virtually. The software estimates the effect of each production step on the safety (growth or survival of relevant pathogens) and shelf life (growth of specific spoilage organisms and/or formation of undesirable by-products) while considering quality (organoleptic characteristics and other quality parameters). The predictive and probabilistic models are based on existing data sets of bacterial growth and quality changes under various conditions generated during previous studies (where available) and data generated during the project. Users will also have the possibility to insert own data, e.g. initial bacterial contamination. The web-based software can be continuously expanded – even after project end - by inserting new data sets (e.g. other food products, different environmental conditions, etc.).
Furthermore, the project aims not only to develop predictive and probabilistic models, but also to compile information about different processing techniques, product formulations (e.g. clean label), environmental conditions (e.g. modified atmosphere packaging) as well as hygiene, quality and safety management. These information sheets aim to educate food producers, as they should not only see the effect of different factors on shelf life and pathogen growth calculated by the models, but also understand why. This increased awareness is crucial in improving overall food safety and quality. Information of this nature is essential for small businesses with limited technical resources.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2011-5
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Coordinator

VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
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Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven
Germany

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christine Jewan (Mrs.)
EU contribution
€ 417 152,41

Participants (10)

ETHNICON METSOVION POLYTECHNION
Greece
EU contribution
€ 324 800
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
157 80 Athina

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Petros Taoukis (Prof.)
GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 357 000
Address
Iera Odos 75
11855 Athina

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Panagiotis Skandamis (Prof.)
CAMPDEN BRI
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 380 476
Address
Station Road
GL55 6LD Chipping Campden

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Craig Leadley (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 344 768
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
May Chung (Ms.)
CHAINPOINT B.V
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 406 960
Address
Kroonpark 10
6831 GV Arnhem

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexander Ellebrecht (Dr.)
NEUE MAYO FEINKOST GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 75 578,06
Address
Seelandstrasse 36
23569 Luebeck

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philip Harland (Mr.)
CE KALAMARAKIS-KALAS SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 77 021,53
Address
Spyrou Patsi 68
11855 Athina

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Evangelia Koutsovasili (Mrs.)
BRYANS SALADS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 206 000
Address
Gorse Lane The Poplars
PR4 6LJ Preston

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jon Bragg (Mr.)
BIOZOON GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 191 000
Address
Nansenstr. 8
27572 Bremerhaven

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Matthias Kück (Mr.)
HEINEMANN GMBH, KARTOFFEL- UND GEMUSESERVICE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 98 400
Address
Wiefelsteder Strasse 22
26215 Wiefelstede Spohle

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Benjamin Heinemann (Mr.)