Project: Innovative High pressure process to increase the preservation of ready-to-eat Organic FOOD

Acronym HO-FOOD
Project Topic The increasing demand for a healthy diet calls for an evolution of the food processing chain, with special attention to fresh and organic products. In particular, quality and safety are key characteristics for a sustainable development. The overall goal of the project is to foster the whole fresh vegetable food chain via the development of a new food pasteurization technique, based on the use of high pressure CO2 at low temperature, efficient to inactivate microorganisms and enzymes present on the surface and responsible of food spoilage. The product will be pre-packed before undergoing the pasteurization process, thus avoiding the risk of post-process contamination. By using low temperature (< 45°C), sensorial and chemical properties will be preserved, resulting in healthy and palatable food while preserving the phytochemical components of organic foods. The beneficial impacts of the new technique in terms of safety, shelf-life duration, nutritional value, sensorial profile and the potential to improve business and environmental sustainability. Small and medium equipments will be designed, set-up and validated to be used by local organic farms, SMEs and retails to develop innovative wholesome products, to reduce the food waste, energy costs and support the development of sustainable supply chain.
Network CORE Organic Cofund
Call CORE Organic & SUSFOOD Joint Call 2019

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 University of Padova = Italy
2 Prof. Wacław Dąbrowski Institute of Agricultural and Food Biotechnology = Poland
3 Council for Agricultural Research and Economics Research Center for Olive Citrus and Tree Fruit (CREA) = Italy
4 Université Ahmed Benbella Oran 1 = Algeria
5 Ataturk Central Horticultural Research Institute = Turkey