FOOD PRO

Project Title
Ohmic heating for food processing
Project Type
Internacional / Public
Funding Body
Funding Program
FP6-SME Co-operative Research
Reference
COOP-CT-2003-508374
Funding
  • CEB: 79 200,00
  • Total: 693 004,00
Start
01-03-2004
End
31-05-2006
Partnership
Universidade do Minho C-Tech Innovation Limited, Chester (United Kingdom) Blåtand AB, Stöde (Sweden) LIKO Bratislava a.s., Bratislava (Slovakia) Quinta dos Moinhos Novos, Lda., Póvoa de Lanhoso (Portugal) Naturediet Pet Foods Ltd, Surrey (United Kingdom) Dingle Seafood Soup Company, Dingle, Co. Kerry (Ireland) Nature’s Best, Drogheda (Ireland) National University of Ireland, University College, Cork (Ireland) Institutet för Livsmedel och Bioteknik AB - SIK, Stockholm (Sweden) Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas, C.S.I.C. (IIM-CSIC), Vigo (Spain) Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, Bratislava (Slovakia)
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Abstract

The production of safe food products in most cases requires a heat treatment. In the usual heating methods heat is generated outside the food and transmitted to it by conduction and/or convection. For products containing particles, like fruit or vegetable pieces, these methods often cause overheating of the liquid if sufficient heating of the solids is to be achieved: A loss of nutritional as well as organoleptic characteristics is often the result. The aim of this project is to develop an alternative heating process through the use of ohmic heating, where the heat is generated through passing an electric current through the food heating it as a result of electric resistance. Thus overheating can be avoided and food with improved taste and nutritional content, and with maintained and in some cases improved microbial safety, may be produced. This project will offer food producers a new technology to provide healthier and safer food in line with consumer demands. This will be achieved not 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 to markets such as Australia, Japan and North America, where consumers have a significant concern for quality and safety aspects.