Chill-On News

What's For Lunch Conference

08-06-2011 16:18

Food integrity is becoming increasingly important; authenticity, origin of food, geographical location (terroir), traceability and security and safety of food production requires new diagnostic tools and implementation of new information systems.

CHILL-ON at FrioTrack

2011-01-04 14:36

CHILL-ON results were presented during a seperate session under the umbrella of the FrioTrack conference in Barcelona on 18th November 2010.

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The European Union is the second-largest market for frozen food products. With 70% of food products being traded internationally, high quality and safety management are required within the food supply chain. The consumption of chilled and frozen food products in Europe is experiencing above-average growth at over 10% a year, yet food safety remains a major concern for consumers. Unfortunately, there is still no integrated concept available for the chilled and frozen food chain that allows both the complete and continuous monitoring of food safety and quality and the traceability of the entire food chain.

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CHILL-ON Poster (overview)

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Implementation of novel technologies in field trials

CHILL-ON will improve the quality, safety and transparency of the food supply chain. Through a proactive and integrated approach, CHILL-ON will implement in-depth research for each step of the chilled/frozen supply chain.

As fish is the third most-consumed food product in Europe and because it is highly sensitive to food poising, the chilled and frozen fish supply chain has been selected as the test case for this project. To ensure transferability to all sectors, poultry meat has been selected as the second high-risk product group to be studied.

To achieve the objectives of the project, CHILL-ON has been divided into five distinct steps:

  1. Risk assessment of the chilled/frozen food supply chain and development of a quantitative microbial risk model combined with quantitative HACCP.
  2. Research, develop and validate cost-effective bio sensing technologies for the qualitative and quantitative detection of low temperature microorganisms.
  3. Research, develop, validate and scale-up cost-effective chilling applications, low temperature transport and storage supporting technologies to extend shelf life.
    a) This includes optimisation of the “Bubble Slurry Ice” technology based on the patented Wiped Surface Crystalliser System, and
    b) A comparative study of existing cooling techniques.
  4. Research, develop and validate a new generation of so-called “eChillOn – Smart Labels” (Combination of TTI and RFID technologies).
  5. Development and implementation of a new complex IT system (software and hardware) for data handling (TRACECHILL) and transfer (GPD, MDA, etc.) to ensure traceability.

Furthermore, CHILL-ON is dedicated to encouraging research and innovation, improving competitiveness, ensuring industrial breakthroughs and effectively enhancing the industrial, social and environmental benefits of the project. This will be done through a far-reaching dissemination plan and a platform that addresses training and education of the major players in the chilled/frozen food supply chain. In addition, an annual “European Stakeholder Forum for Traceability” will be organised to ensure the acceptance of the anticipated developments at an early stage.