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A novel packaging system for meat safety and shelf-life extension

Objective

Meat and poultry products are vehicles for millions of cases of foodborne illness globally each year. Controlling pathogens such as campylobacter, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and Yersinia enterocolitica, is a primary goal for industry. Additionally, processors are constantly striving to lengthen product shelf life. However, consumer aversion to traditional chemical preservatives has left processors with less flexibility in choosing preservation methods. This has opened up a technological gap where process innovation is required and a major business opportunity presents itself for the development of a non-thermal, novel food preservation system to control foodborne pathogens associated with meat and poultry.

This project will develop a continuous in-package decontamination and shelf-life extension system for meat based on Non-thermal plasma (NTP), offering antimicrobial efficacy without the use of chemical sanitizers and which is non-invasive, leaves zero residues and does not adversely affect product quality. Preliminary studies with NPT on meat products, point to rapid inactivation of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms associated with meat, resulting in significant extensions of shelf-life (an additional 5 days). A laboratory test-rig system will be optimised for its antimicrobial efficacy for in-package decontamination of both red and white meats. Shelf life extension, along with organoleptic and nutritional properties of treated meat will be evaluated. The results will then be scaled up to pre-commercial level and validated in the industry paving the way forward for rapid post-project industrialisation.

A critical advantage of this world-first technology for the meat industry is the In-package treatment, which is desired by the food industry as this approach mitigates against recontamination and provides increased shelf-life.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 45 130,70
Administrative Contact
Carlos Pradera (Mr.)

Participants (8)

Stephens Fresh Foods Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 319 242
Address
Revenge Road 53 Units 20/21 Lordswood Industrial Estate
ME5 8UD Chatham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alan Davies (Mr.)
EMBUTIDOS DAZA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 149 630
Address
Calle Estoril 1
08210 Barbera Del Valles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alicia Daza (Mrs)
THE FOOD MACHINERY COMPANY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 224 605
Address
Fenn Corner St Mary Hoo
ME3 8RF Rochester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lee Gapper (Mr.)
KAMEA ELECTRONICS SRO
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 144 675
Address
Nikola Teslu 17
921 01 Piestany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ladislav Kusenda (Mr.)
Holfeld Plastics Limited
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 172 965
Address
Avoca River Park, Arklow, Co. Wicklow
Arklow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ted Okeefe (Mr.)
IRISH COUNTRY MEATS (SHEEPMEAT) UNLIMITED COMPANY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 66 970
Address
Baylands - Camolin
Enniscorthy Wexford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fionnuala Cosgrove (Ms.)
INSTITIUID TEICNEOLAIOCHTA BHAILE ATHA CLIATH
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 11 840
Address
Grangegorman Lower
D07 H6K8 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean Cahill (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 18 421
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Susanne Støier (Mrs.)