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A Flexible Sustainable Active and Intelligent Packaging Technology Platform Enabling Enhanced Shelf Life, Quality and Safety of Fresh Food Produce

A Flexible Sustainable Active and Intelligent Packaging Technology Platform Enabling Enhanced Shelf Life, Quality and Safety of Fresh Food Produce

Objective

ISA-Pack will develop a flexible sustainable, active and intelligent technology platform for the packaging of fresh food produce, targeting extended shelf life and quality, enhanced safety and reduced food and packaging waste. Whilst suitable for a wide range of foods, ISA-Pack will validate the resulting materials and technologies for modified atmosphere and stretch wrap packaging of fresh beef steaks. Key objectives include:

- to develop novel unsaturated polyhydroxybutyrate copolymer materials derived from microbial fermentation of sustainable feedstocks and incorporating low volume cross linkages, demonstrating enhanced properties suitable for high performance gas barrier and stretch film packaging applications;

- to identify synergistic combinations of active food preservation chemistries that may be covalently bound (grafted) within polymeric materials using reactive extrusion techniques; resulting in high efficacy active packaging materials, impacting minimally on food organoleptic properties, ensuring compliance with food ingredient / migration limits; and demonstrating extended food shelf life and quality and improved safety;

- to develop an accurate, tuneable and reliable intelligent indicator system that may be directly printed onto packaging materials (cost efficiency), combining integrated time temperature indicators (microbe growth) with lipid oxidation indicators (freshness), thereby providing assurances of food shelf life, safety and quality;

- to validate the ISA-Pack results within industrial packaging production processes, including performance assessment with regards to active and intelligent functionality and impact on food shelf-life, quality and safety;

- to undertake a full life cycle and economic assessment of the ISA-Pack products, ensuring clear and quantified results addressing specific priority concerns;

Through extension of shelf life the ISA-Pack seeks to reduce retailer supply chain wastage of fresh food produce by 75%.
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Coordinator

THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

Address

Middle Aston House
Ox25 5pt Middle Aston

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 409 068

Administrative Contact

Andrew Dean (Mr.)

Participants (9)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 556 732

Campden BRI

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 398 087

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 382 725

DOMINO PRINTING SCIENCES PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 199 680

BIOPAC (UK) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 242 493

FKUR KUNSTSTOFF GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 210 015

OMNIFORM SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 198 846

WANDA MARIA SZPERLINSKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 174 540

ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE INVESTIGACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL CALZADOY DEL PLASTICO DE LA REGION DE MURCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 227 760

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 289521

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2012

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 929 784,40

  • EU contribution

    € 2 999 946

Coordinated by:

THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

United Kingdom

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