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Light-based technologies for the decontamination of powdered infant formula

Objective

Powdered infant formula is the most widespread and established alternative to the breastfeeding of the newborn. Despite preservation steps during production illnesses caused by contaminated formula as a result of Salmonella spp., Cronobacter sakazakii have been reported, which can often lead to brain damage or death in babies and infants. The use of extremely high temperatures during sterilisation can cause a great degree of protein denaturation. Considering the naturally lower content of lysozyme and lactoferrin of cow’s milk, which is the base of infant formulation, these ingredients have to be added at a cost to match more closely human milk, and are severely denatured by excessive heat treatment. As such, there is a need to provide manufacturers with a reliable treatment method that is effective in the inactivation of microorganisms and does not diminish the nutritional quality of the formula.
Past research has shown the effectiveness of light technologies for surface decontamination in packaging, for treatment of transparent and non-transparent beverages, and for the decontamination of vegetative microorganisms. Moreover, the combination of different light technologies can enable short exposure times. Researchers have successfully applied light technology to reduce the bacterial load in infant formula spread on a flat surface. This project will develop a novel system for the reduction of microbial contamination of infant formula by using a more gentle temperature processing based on 2 types of light in combination with a fluidised bed system. The system will be safe, effective, affordable, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly. By preventing the use of excessive temperatures, the risk of protein denaturation will be reduced. Moreover, by combining the light technology with the mixing and transport of fluidised beds, longer shelf life and a reduction in infant formula related illnesses can be achieved.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
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Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Spain
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 44 727,63
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Digby Colm (Mr.)

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BAHCIVAN GIDA SANAYI VE TICARET
Turkey
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€ 140 495,59
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Huzur Mah Cendere Cad Ayazaga 116/4
34396 Sisli Istanbul
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Erdal Bahcivan (Mr.)
TUERKIYE SUET ET GIDA SANAYICILERI VE UERETICILERI BIRLIGI DERNEGI
Turkey
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€ 37 364,50
Address
Mustafa Kemal Mahallesi 2125 Sok A Blok 6/8
06510 Ankara
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Melek Us
MANOPT SYSTEMS LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 157 839,57
Address
Mg Hayes & Co Annacotty Business Park
Annacotty Limerick
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ann Sheahan
E.T.I.A. - EVALUATION TECHNOLOGIQUE INGENIEURIE ET APPLICATIONS SA
France
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€ 225 736,61
Address
Carrefour Jean Monnet
60201 Compiegne
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tatiana Cojocaru (Ms.)
JWC SERVICES LTD
United Kingdom
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€ 448 787
Address
Cairnlee Avenue East 54 Cults
AB15 9NH Aberdeen
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Watson (Mr.)
DAIRYGOLD FOOD INGREDIENTS LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 46 657
Address
Clonmel Road
Mitchelstown Cork
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sinead Fitzsimons (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
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€ 13 745,60
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Belfield
4 Dublin
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Da-Wen Sun (Mr.)
LEBENSMITTELVERSUCHSANSTALT
Austria
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€ 14 501,60
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Zaunergasse 1 3
1030 Wien
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Research Organisations
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Christine Grabler (Ms.)