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PROcess contaminants: Mitigation and Elimination Techniques for High food quality and their Evaluation Using Sensors & Simulation

Objective

The PROMETHEUS project will help the European food industry reduce consumer exposure to food processing contaminants without affecting food quality or microbiological safety. PROMETHEUS builds on the previous EU projects HEATOX and ICARE. Its aims are (1) to understand the dynamics of formation of major Processing Contaminants, (2) to provide on-line real time methods to monitor reactions leading to contaminant formation, (3) to develop new processing technologies to mitigate contaminants but maintain the safety and sensory properties of the food and (4) to demonstrate scaling the new technologies to the industry level. Foods (infant formulas, biscuits, canned baby foods, and canned fish and vegetables) have been chosen for their nutritional importance. Processing contaminants (acrylamide, 3-monochloropropanediol esters, glycidol esters, furan, hydroxymethylfurfural and carboxymethyllysine) have been chosen for their toxicity, consumer exposure and relevance to the foods. PROMETHEUS will use a novel holistic approach of continuous real-time on-line monitoring of contaminant formation during food processing. Ambient mass spectrometry, fluorescence spectroscopy and image analysis will measure the contaminants simultaneously and allow modelling of the reactions that form contaminants and affect food quality. Innovative processing technologies will be used: vacuum baking, high hydrostatic pressure, ohmic heating, and ingredient microencapsulation. Improvement strategies will be demonstrated at industry level. The PROMETHEUS consortium has 8 research organisations and 6 industrial partners (including 4 SMEs, 1 large company and the European Confederation of Agro Food industries). The project outcome will help to protect the consumer. It will improve the competitiveness of the food industry by anticipating future contamination regulations, and help it to innovate by implementing new technologies in order to better control the safety and overall quality of their products.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages
  • /agricultural sciences/other agricultural sciences
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/sustainable agriculture

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2010-4
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

ASSOCIATION DE COORDINATION TECHNIQUE POUR L'INDUSTRIE AGROALIMENTAIRE
Address
16 Rue Claude Bernard
75231 Paris
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 334 728,71
Administrative Contact
Fabienne Jaeger (Ms.)

Participants (14)

SPECTRALYS INNOVATION
France
EU contribution
€ 464 700
Address
Avenue Gaston Roussel 102
93230 Romainville
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ines Birlouez (Dr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 207 991,63
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eusebio Jimenez-Arroyo (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
EU contribution
€ 168 200
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Claudia Pone (Dr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 245 421
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jelte Zeilstra (Mr.)
HACETTEPE UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 202 600
Address
Hacettepe Universitesi Beytepe Kampusu Rektorluk Binasi
06800 Cankaya Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vural Gökmen (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 208 800
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simone Ludwig (Ms.)
VYSOKA SKOLA CHEMICKO-TECHNOLOGICKA V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 188 200
Address
Technicka 5
166 28 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anna Mittnerova (Ms.)
FOODDRINKEUROPE AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 207 840,32
Address
Avenue Des Nerviens 9 31
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mella Freahmhainn (Dr.)
EUROQUALITY SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 183 680
Address
Rue De L Isly 8
75008 Paris 08
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olivier Chartier (Mr.)
ETI MAKINE SANAYI VE TICARET AS
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 52 170
Address
Organize Sanayi Bolgesi 19 Cadde
26110 Eskisehir
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
A. Fevzi Tuvay (Mr.)
Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 167 875
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lisa Hambleton (Ms.)
SIRO AGUILAR, S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 86 240,22
Address
Carretera Burgos Portugal Km 84
34200 Venta De Baños
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Loren Tapia (Ms.)
CAPSULAE
France
EU contribution
€ 200 400
Address
Rue De La Geraudiere
44322 Nantes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arnaud Picot (Dr.)
PLATE-FORME D'INNOVATION NOUVELLESVAGUES SA PFI NOUVELLES VAGUES
France
EU contribution
€ 80 726,12
Address
Rue De Magenta 15-17
62200 Boulogne-sur-mer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurence Heripret (Ms.)