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DAFM National Call 2013 13F458 Teagasc (UCD) €583,100

Project Title:

Shelf-life Extension ingredient and processing technologies Applied to Fish

Project Coordinator:

Dr Declan J. Bolton

Project Abstract

Achieving the 43% increase in the volume and/or value of Irish seafood (Food Harvest 2020) requires a significant contribution from all areas within this sector. Fish processing currently contributes significantly to the €713 million generated in the seafood sector annually including export earnings of €379 million p.a. Increasing the value of the processes fish sector is reliant on the development of new export markets in the UK and continental Europe (as outlined in the report ‘Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth’). The major hurdle to achieving this objective is the short shelf-life of processed fish products (9 days max). In full and active collaboration with the main industry stakeholders, this project will investigate the application of clean label ingredients with and without novel processing technologies to consistently achieve a shelf-life of at least 14 days including a full investigation of their impact on the sensory and nutritional quality of the products. It will also deliver a rapid method for assessing fish freshness and shelf-life predictor tools as well as light technologies (UV, HILP, blue light) for the control of microbial contaminants in critical areas within fish processing plants and on food contact equipment surfaces.

Final Report:

Not available yet.