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CHILL-ON - Developing and Integrating Novel Technologies to Improve Safety, Transparency and Quality Insurance of the Chilled/Frozen Food Supply Chain

Investigators
Kück, Matthias
Institutions
Verein zur Förderung des Technologie-Transfers an der Hochschule Bremerhaven
Start date
2006
End date
2010
Objective
The pro-active and integrated approach of the CHILL-ON project will implement in-deep research for each step of the chilled/frozen supply chain. This includes reviewing state-of-the-art technologies, development of new technological concepts, their validation and potential scale up with focus on monitoring managing and tracing the entire supply chain by a new developed system called eCHILL-ON.
More information
The consumption of chilled and frozen food products within Europe is growing above average (growth rates >10%) due to changes in society whereas food safety and control are of great concern for consumers. With 11 million tons consumed per year, the European Union is the second largest market for chilled and frozen food products. The reinforcement of confidence in chilled food products, especially regarding supply-chain aspects, is of high priority for all involved in food manufacturing, trade, logistic and distribution, especially as Directive 178/2002/EC on General Food Law will require traceability to be established at all stages of the food chain from January 2005 on. This Directive will force the introduction of community controls of the treatment of agricultural products and foodstuffs. More than 70% of food products are traded internationally which makes the food supply chain very complex with regard to quality and safety management. Up to today, there is no integrated concept available for the chilled and frozen food chain which allows both the complete and continuous monitoring of food safety and quality (together with environmental concerns) and the traceability of the entire supply chain.

As fish is at the third place in the European food market and is one of the most sensitive good with regard to food poisoning, the chilled and frozen fish supply chain has been selected to be the test case in this IP. The proposed integrated CHILL-ON concept will result in the 2020s generation of the frozen/chilled food supply chain.

For more information about this project, please visit the European Commission Food Quality and Safety in Europe or the CHILL-ON Web sites.

Funding Source
European Commission
Project number
016333
Categories
Bacterial Pathogens
Legislation and Regulations
Food Defense and Integrity