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Source tracking and monitoring of mould contamination in food production

Objective

Microbial spoilage and contamination of fruit juices with filamentous fungi is a big problem for juice producers: 12.5-40% of juice is spoiled due to fungal contamination, that valued €4.3-14.0bn in loses annually for juice sector in Europe.
Mould identification and source tracking in the food industry, in particular in the juice industry, is difficult because current technologies rely mainly on visual identification. Therefore they have low sensitivity, they are slow and expensive.
The aim of FUST is to develop a system based on Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy for food spoilage source tracking and identification of fungal contamination in the juice industry which overcomes these drawbacks.
The prototype to be developed within this project consists of a fully automated cultivation and liquid sample handling system for high-throughput FTIR spectroscopy and bespoke software and databases. For FTIR spectroscopy an off-the shelf routine instrument will be used.
The consortium consists of SMEs that will profit from the commercialization of this system in different ways. Labman Automation, an SME specialised in developing bespoke robotic systems, automation, and electronic solutions and the future integrator of the system, wishes to commercialize the complete solution including the automated system, industrial protocol, software and databases and an off-the shelf FTIR spectrometer. The target audience of Labmann Automation will be large food companies and microbial testing laboratories. The SME Synthon GmbH, an SME specialized on FTIR for bacteria and software solutions wants to license the software and databases to Labmann Automation. The SME ScanBi Diagnostics, a molecular testing lab, wants to establish the complete system in their lab and sell it as a service to small juice and food producers.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/databases
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/spectroscopy
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/mycology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/mycology/ethnomycology
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/fruit

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

NOFIMA AS
Address
Muninbakken 9-13
9291 Tromso
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 47 888
Administrative Contact
Achim Kohler (Dr.)

Participants (7)

LABMAN AUTOMATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 336 555,30
Address
Seamer Hill Stokesley
TS9 5NQ Middlesbrough Cleveland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Talintyre (Mr.)
SYNTHON GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 309 555,25
Address
Blutenweg 55
69198 Schriesheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juergen Schmitt (Dr.)
SCANBI DIAGNOSTICS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 175 022,25
Address
Elevenborgsvagen 2
23 053 Alnarp
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrik Stolt (Mr.)
EPLEBLOMSTEN AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 109 160,60
Address
Kirkevegen 2
3812 Akkerhaugen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Britt Sauer (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 12 481,60
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wendy Harle (Ms.)
ELOPAK AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 27 180
Address
Industriveien 30
3430 Spikkestad
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henri-Pierre Suso (Mr.)
LABNETT AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 112 207,10
Address
Bekkeliveien 2
2315 Hamar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kjell Ivar Bache (Mr.)