NANOPACKSAFER: NANO-engineered PACKaging systems for improving quality, SAFEty and health characteristics of foods

FCT- International Nanotechnology Laboratory project call
 
Project NANOPACKSAFER
Portugal-Spain International Nanotechnology Laboratory Nanotechnology Projects Call
 
NANOPACKSAFER: NANO-engineered PACKaging systems for improving quality, SAFEty and health characteristics of foods
 
Subject :Nanotechnologies – 2. Security and Food Quality Control
Coordinator: Lorenzo Pastrana
Facultade de Ciencias de Ourense, Universidade de Vigo
 
Participants:
 
#1 Facultade de Ciencias de Ourense, Universidade de Vigo
#2 IBB-Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Centre for Biological Engineering
#3 Centro de Física da Universidade do Minho (CFUM)
#4 Universidade de Aveiro, Dept, Química
#5 Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Facultad de Medicina. Depto Bioquímica y Biología Molecular III
#6 Novel Materials and Nanotechnology. IATA-CSIC
#7 Universidad del Pais Vasco (UPV/EHU)
 
 
 
Abstract:
 
Nanotechnology expectations for improving the safety and quality of foods are high. Food technologists expect Nanotechnology to revolutionize food production and to establish new ways of controlling and assuring food safety from farm to fork. Nowadays, food safety and quality is provided by macroscopic technologies, where processing, storage and distribution are controlled by conventional methods (e.g. HACCP). However, there are steps which are currently non-controllable leading to important quality and safety losses. This proposal aims at developing nanotechnology-based food protection strategies by providing active packaging systems (through nanoengineered edible coatings, non-edible films and/or nanoparticles) which will proactively act to maintain or even to increase food quality, safety and health impact of foods from production to consumption.
Today´s packaging systems provide in general a passive protection, acting only as a physical barrier (to e.g. UV light, gases, micro-organisms, mechanical damage) which is insufficient in many cases to guarantee the required quality levels. Recently, important steps were given in the development of active packaging systems at the micro-scale, providing a glance of what can be done with nanotechnology (e.g. melting properties, seasoning delivery, moisture and microbiological spoilage control). To achieve the goal of outermost protection given by nanoengineered active packaging solutions, this proposal includes the integrated development of: i) Edible nanofilms and nanoparticles and their production systems (U.P.V., IATA-CSIC, U.Minho); ii) Non-edible films and their production systems (U. Vigo, U.P.V., IATA-CSIC, U.Minho); iii) Toxicological compliances and bioavailability (U.Complutense); iv) Instrumental analyses for film/particle characterization and the detection, quantification and structural analysis of nanocomponents (U.Aveiro, U.Vigo) and v) Computational simulation and data analysis for the validation and establishment of production and control systems at the nanoscale (U.Minho).
 

NanoPAckSafer Power Point Short Presentation
FCT- International Nanotechnology Laboratory project call
 
Project NANOPACKSAFER
Portugal-Spain International Nanotechnology Laboratory Nanotechnology Projects Call
 
NANOPACKSAFER: NANO-engineered PACKaging systems for improving quality,

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CF UM Nanopacksafer Team leader

Prof. Vasco Teixeira
GRF-Grupo de Revestimentos Funcionais
CFUM- Centro de Física da Universidade do Minho
Universidade do Minho
4800-058 Guimarães
email: vasco@fisica.uminho.pt
http://www.fisica.uminho.pt/grf
http://www.arauto.uminho.pt/pessoas/vteixeira/nanoprojects.htm
http://www.arauto.uminho.pt/pessoas/vteixeira/projects.htm

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