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Spice processing with new preservation treatments for the prevention of attack by microorganisms and insects.

In recent years the agri-food sector companies have been working hard to respond to consumer demands dealing with the creation of more advanced traceability systems as well as the search for new technologies to ensure product safety. The sector of spices is also involved in this situation.

This project illustrates the development of new technological applications for spices hygiene and products requiring treatment conservation to be preserved from insect and microbial attacks.

The results obtained after the first year of the project development has allow us to ensure that the incorporation of different disinfection technologies will increase trade life in spices. This will preserve them better from pollution resulting in products of a higher quality and standard of food safety.

The project has been developed for the companies Jesus Navarro, S.A.; Azafranes La Barraca, S.L. and Verdú Canton Saffron-Spain, S.L.
Programme: Aids for the financing of strategic industrial diversification actions to the Valencian Community. Funding by Ministry of industry, trade and innovation of the Valencian Community


An integrated traceability system

Concerns about food safety require efficient production system management in the food industry with the inclusion of many batch quality control and safety measures. TRACEBACK is a low cost, automatic, user-friendly project whose objective is to advance towards a new integrated traceability system for Europe which will enable comprehensive food monitoring food along the entire value chain.
This traceability management system incorporates new electronic devices, such as sensors and artificial intelligence techniques, to control quality and food safety parameters (defects, ripeness index, temperature, pathogen detection) in real time, detecting food alerts immediately and thus minimising food risks and hazards.
The project, after several years of development, is currently at the industrial implementation phase, with tests being carried out in the premises of the participating companies in two representative models of food chains: tomatoes and dairy products.
Twenty-eight partners from across Europe are taking part in the project, including companies, institutions and research centres. ainia leads and coordinates the representative model of the tomato chain. In Spain, the companies involved and who collaborate in this project with ainia are Consum, Pascual Marketing and La Sala.

VI Framework Programme. European Commission.

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