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A novel system for the treatment of milk based on the combination of ultrasounds and pulsed electric field technologies

Objective

The EU dairy industry produces 130 billion litres of raw milk each year for consumption and for application in the production of many food, feed and pharma products. Without doubt the quality and safety of milk and milk products is of paramount importance for safeguarding the health and safety of EU consumers. While pasteurisation has resulted in a dramatic decline in milk-borne disease outbreaks, consumption of raw or inadequately pasteurised milk has been associated with several outbreaks of enteric infections with pathogens such as Listeria and Campylobacter. Furthermore, not all consumers want to drink milk that has been pasteurised, and although a niche product, consumer interest in raw milk is growing as many people believe it contains a higher proportion of beneficial microorganisms and vitamins. Raw milk continues to be consumed directly by large numbers of people in rural areas across the EU. There is a need for a technology that will improve the treatment of milk and provide an alternative to pasteurisation. Research carried out by University College Dublin revealed that the treatment of milk with thermosonication (TS) combined with pulsed electric field (PEF) achieved a degree of inactivation of L. innocua comparable with conventional pasteurisation, while substantially reducing the severity of the time/temperature exposure. This project will build on this research and will build a TS and PEF- based pre-competitive prototype system called SmartMILK. It will be tested and validated in milk production facilities. A key innovativion of the SmartMILK project will centre on optimising the combination of TS and PEF, whereby TS can assist the treatment technology in resulting in a lesser degree of thermal damage in the milk, thereby retaining more of the organoleptically and nutritionally favourable characteristics of the fresh product, while potentially achieving similar or superior shelf life to the conventional treatment.
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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

€ 11 191,85

Administrative Contact

Colm Digby (Mr.)

Participants (12)

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ATASANCAK ACPAYAM TARM ISLETMESISANAYI VE TICARET AS

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 141 351,75

MURATBEY GIDA VE SUT URUNLERI PAZARLAMA SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI

Turkey

EL PASTORET DE LA SEGARRA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 147 458

GLYNHYNOD ORGANIC FARMERS PARTNERSHIP

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 69 299,50

HIGHLAND FINE CHEESES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 69 299,50

JWC SERVICES LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 187 400

INGENIERIA Y MAQUINARIA PARA LA INDUSTRIA LACTEA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 158 107

DUNREIDY ENGINEERING LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 158 107

ARLA FOODS AMBA

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 66 489

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 10 571,20

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 11 380

BIOCONNECT LTD

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 115 389

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 261591

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2012

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 524 647,60

  • EU contribution

    € 1 146 043,80

Coordinated by:

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

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