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Chipping Campden, United Kingdom

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: KBBE.2011.2.3-01 | Award Amount: 3.86M | Year: 2012

SUSCLEAN will contribute to the development and implementation of a new generation of environment-friendly equipment sanitation and food product decontamination technologies ensuring food safety. Susclean is focused on minimally-processed vegetables (MPV) i.e. vegetables physically altered from their original form by slicing and cutting but remaining in a fresh state. We will develop knowledge, methods and tools aimed to; a) design new decontamination approaches for MPV and sanitation strategies for their processing equipment along the supply chain; b) propose guidance and recommendations to renew the best available processing techniques (BAT); c) consider the impact of sanitation and decontamination strategies in line with the Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) 2008/1/CE, and d) improve the hygienic design of equipment for the fresh-cut product industry. The hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) method will be carried out from post-harvest to processing, taking into account shelf-life after packaging. For each critical point considered, we will study the microbial colonisation patterns, improve the equipment geometry and surface features, and propose innovative and/or optimised current sanitation and decontamination strategies. This will lead to holistic cleaning and disinfecting strategies combining the design of alternative equipment geometries and surfaces (preventive), proposals for innovative cleaning techniques (curative) and application of alternative disinfecting agents (remediation). These achievements will lead to reduction of the use of water and chemicals (chlorine) up to 20-50%, whilst ensuring food safety, sustainable practices and preserving fresh-cut food European quality and competitiveness. A well-balanced partnership has been built with research institutes and industries (SMEs and one end-user large corporation). 40% of the budget will be devoted to SMEs.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: KBBE.2011.2.4-01 | Award Amount: 3.81M | Year: 2012

The SOPHY project aims to develop a web-based software tool for prediction of product safety, quality and shelf life of ready-to-eat products. Fresh cut salads, fruit salads and deli salads were chosen as model food system. Food producers will be able to optimise their raw material selection, product formulation and processing steps virtually. The software estimates the effect of each production step on the safety (growth or survival of relevant pathogens) and shelf life (growth of specific spoilage organisms and/or formation of undesirable by-products) while considering quality (organoleptic characteristics and other quality parameters). The predictive and probabilistic models are based on existing data sets of bacterial growth and quality changes under various conditions generated during previous studies (where available) and data generated during the project. Users will also have the possibility to insert own data, e.g. initial bacterial contamination. The web-based software can be continuously expanded even after project end - by inserting new data sets (e.g. other food products, different environmental conditions, etc.). Furthermore, the project aims not only to develop predictive and probabilistic models, but also to compile information about different processing techniques, product formulations (e.g. clean label), environmental conditions (e.g. modified atmosphere packaging) as well as hygiene, quality and safety management. These information sheets aim to educate food producers, as they should not only see the effect of different factors on shelf life and pathogen growth calculated by the models, but also understand why. This increased awareness is crucial in improving overall food safety and quality. Information of this nature is essential for small businesses with limited technical resources.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.5.1 | Award Amount: 3.68M | Year: 2013

PRECIOUS: PREventive Care Infrastructure based On Ubiquitous Sensing will provide a preventive care system to promote healthy lifestyles, which is comprised of three components: (1) transparent sensors for monitoring user context and health indicators (food intake, sleep and activity) deliver ambient data about current user behavior; (2) users are represented by individual virtual models which allow inferring health risks and desired behavioral changes; (3) state-of-the-art motivational techniques originating especially from gamification and motivational interview trigger a set of feedback tools to change the user habits toward more healthy conduct.\n\nWhile related projects usually focus on developing specific sensors, middleware solutions, health monitoring systems, eHealth services, etc., both the individual virtual model and the associated motivational tools will now provide key innovation steps towards a preventive care system with measurable impact on user behavior and thus a clear potential for large scale commercialization and sustainable societal footprint (e.g. with respect to cost saving in the public health sector as well as life quality improvements).\n\nTo reach these goals, PRECIOUS consortium gathers partners from academia, SMEs and hospitals with comprehensive expertise in networking, pervasive sensing, cognitive analysis, nutrition research, semantic technologies and motivational techniques. We have chosen to focus on type II diabetes as a central use case, while our prototype will be easily adaptable also to other lifestyle induced diseases. The system will not only detect and communicate detailed early warning signs, but also provide forecasts of future developments and associated problems (if change recommendations are not followed). Extensive lab and field based user trials will demonstrate the efficacy of the PRECIOUS system and prove its positive and lasting impact on individual quality of life as well as public health sector development.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP.2011.3.4-1 | Award Amount: 17.03M | Year: 2012

Chemical Industry provides the highest potential for increasing eco-efficiency in industrial water management. E4Water addresses crucial process industry needs, to overcome bottle necks and barriers for an integrated and energy efficient water management. The main objective is to develop, test and validate new integrated approaches, methodologies and process technologies for a more efficient and sustainable management of water in chemical industry with cross-fertilization possibilities to other industrial sectors. E4water unites in its consortium large chemical industries, leading European water sector companies and innovative RTD centers and universities, active in the area of water management and also involved in WssTP and SusChem and collaborating with water authorities. E4Water builds on state-of-the-art and new basic R&D concepts. Their realization, improvement, utilization and validation, with the compromise of early industrial adaptors, are clearly innovative. E4water realizes this by (1) developing and testing innovative materials, process technologies, tools and methodologies for an integrated water management, (2) providing an open innovation approach for testing E4Water developments with respect to other industries (3) implementing and validating the developments in 6 industrial case studies, representing critical problems for the chemical industry and other process industries, (4) implementing improved tools for process efficiency optimization, linking water processes with production processes, and eco-efficiency assessment. E4Water aims to exceed the expected impacts defined in the call text; an expected reduction of 20-40% in water use, 30-70% in wastewater production, 15-40% in energy use and up to 60% direct economic benefits at the case study sites ensures a wide acceptance of the solutions developed during the project. The complementarity of the sites guarantees the transfer of solutions from the project to Chemical Industry and related sectors.

Mycotoxins provide additional challenges to food businesses in terms of successful management of food-safety management systems. These reflect, in part, an unusually high dependency on the activities of others in the supply chain to ensure that levels of contamination remain within set limits. Consequently analyses for mycotoxins by food businesses are primarily commissioned for one or a combination of two reasons: to determine compliance with regulatory or commercial standards or; as part of an exercise to verify the efficacy of the businesses foodsafety management systems. Given the regulatory/commercial implications, the standard of evidence needed to demonstrate (non)compliance will be the greater than that needed for simple verification. Consequently, decisions relating to matters of regulatory or commercial arbitration need to be based on agreed and well defined methods of analysis, which are normally laboratory-based. These data are also often sufficient to be used to verify foodsafety management systems. However, supply conditions may predicate the need for increased levels of verification and rapid mycotoxin test-kits have the potential to both meet this need and satisfy the requirements of statistical process control. Nevertheless, it is important to note that deployment of such test-kits cannot be considered to be a 'turnkey' exercise and that, as in the case of laboratory-based assays, care must be taken in the validation and subsequent verification of their use for a given material being used within a food business. In particular, this means demonstrating under local conditions that results from the use of these test-kits are comparable to those that would be obtained using official or reference methods. Source

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