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Natural whey-based disinfection formula: a solution for the sanitizing of whole and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables

Objective

The purpose of the project WHEYSAN is to provide a solution for two major issues that currently affect to the competitiveness of the participant SMEs: the management of whey and postharvest disinfection of fruits and vegetables (F&V). The whey is the residual liquid fraction that is obtained during the production of cheese. Its raised content of lactose makes it a high contaminant waste which needs to be processed before disposal. Postharvest disinfection of F&V is crucial for extending the market time of the produce, and chlorine is the sanitizer most widely used. However, the likely formation of carcinogenic chlorinated compounds in water has called into question chlorine application, which is already banned in several EU countries.
Whey and its derivatives have shown promising perspectives as natural preservatives for disinfection of F&V. The project WHEYSAN aims to develop new technologies for the decontamination of whole and fresh-cut F&V and for the processing of whey to achieve a profitable byproduct with sanitizing properties. For this purpose, the whey produced by the dairy SME will be treated under different processing conditions and the efficacy of the whey derivatives as sanitizing agents for F&V will be assessed. The most successful whey derivatives will be fully characterized. Also, a protocol for whey processing will be established to reduce the heterogeneity among the samples.
In order to make real the industrial exploitation of the new disinfection strategy, a commercial formula containing the whey derivatives will be developed. Moreover, the laboratory results will be scaled-up and the most efficient conditions for disinfection of whole and fresh-cut F&V will be defined at pilot and industrial scales. Consequently, the project WHEYSAN will provide two major benefits for the participant SMEs: a new source of revenue from the whey-based sanitizing formula, and an increased turnover from the commercialization of chlorine-free F&V in the organic market

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/fruit growing
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/vegetable growing
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

AGROFIELD SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Address
Poligono Industrial Pasada Del Pab 4
26140 Lardero
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 365 085
Administrative Contact
Rodrigo Casas Milagro (Mr.)

Participants (7)

HIGHLAND FINE CHEESES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 101 214
Address
Knockbreck Street 10
IV19 1BJ Tain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ruaraidh Stone (Mr.)
CAMPOTEC - COMERCIALIZACAO E CONSULTADORIA EM HORTO - FRUTICOLAS SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 156 264,50
Address
Estrada Nacional 9
2560 393 Torres Vedras
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Délio Raimundo (Mr.)
ECOBELIEVE DOO GRKINJA
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 104 447
Address
Grkinja Bb
18240 Gadzin Han
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jovan Jovanovic (Mr.)
INSTITIUID TEICNEOLAIOCHTA BHAILE ATHA CLIATH
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 11 872
Address
Grangegorman Lower
D07 H6K8 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Catherine Barry-Ryan (Dr.)
ASOCIACION PARA LA INVESTIGACION EL DESARROLLO Y LA INNOVACION ALIMENTARIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 9 537
Address
Calle Los Huertos 2 Poligono 2
26500 Calahorra La Rioja
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Macarena Baylos De Nárdiz (Ms.)
CITRUS LEVANTE, S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 19 840,50
Address
C/ Baleares 5 (Pol. Ind. Poyo De Reva Parcela A3)
46394 Riba-roja
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Ramón Martínez Soriano (Mr.)
CONTACTICA S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 93 740
Address
Calle Canchal 8 Local 3
28021 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manuel Román Jimeno (Mr.)