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Final Report - FOOD PRO (Ohmic heating for Food Processing)

Project ID: 508374
Funded under: FP6-SME


This is the final activity report of the FOOD PRO project. Funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), the aim of the project was to develop an alternative heating process through the use of ohmic heating, where the heat was generated by passing an electric current through the food, heating it as a result of electric resistance.
Thus overheating could be avoided and food with improved taste and nutritional content, and with maintained and in some cases improved microbial safety, might be produced. This document provides a summary of the overall project objectives and a thorough overview of the work performed, and also presents a significant number of prototypes which had been generated by the project.

The results of this project offered food producers a wealth of information on a new technology to provide healthier and safer food in line with consumer demands. This can be achieved not by using chemical additives but using an alternative processing technology. The companies can expect to sell products with higher market value and improved consumer acceptability. This will improve their competitiveness both on the European and the global market, with special relevance for markets such as Australia, Japan and North America, where consumers have a significant concern for quality and safety aspects.

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