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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Advantages of CHILL-ON technologies

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.

The outputs of this project will be integrated into a holistic approach to deliver a complete integrated solution, to significantly enhance the state of the art of the entire food supply chain from - "farm to fork". The project should result in an novel concept for tracking and tracing - "TRACECHILL" to include input from novel biosensors for low temperature micro organisms, novel chilling and packaging technologies and smart labelling.

The focus of the CHILL-ON project is to provide for the first time ever an integrated solution for the entire frozen and chilled food supply chain in that context using as a test case of one of its most sensitive goods – seafood products. This will be done by implementing an interdisciplinary research and development work programme which includes a very wide spectrum of disciplines: from biochemistry; genetics and microbiology, through chilling, packaging, smart labels (eChillOn) and logistics up to information technologies such as active and passive RFID, GPS, GIS, electronic Supply Chain Management (eSCM) and a Decision Support System (DSS). These will all be integrated into the novel traceability solution proposed by CHILL-ON for the frozen/chilled food supply chain called TRACECHILL.  

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 four 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.