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Importance of Photonics in food processing and its impact

17-08-2020

Importance of Photonics in food processing and its impact

Ottawa August 17, 2020

Canada's food processing sector produces goods valued at $105billion annually

Recently on July 2,2020 in the Food in Canada news the following was highlighted:

<<A newly released publication highlights innovative research happening in Canada's food and beverage processing industry. The latest edition of the Canadian Food Innovators (CFI-ICA) Spotlight on innovation in the Canadian food and beverage manufacturing sector report focuses on food safety and clean labels. The projects are all part of the CFI-ICA research cluster, "Using science and innovation to strengthen Canada's value-added food industry. "This is part of funding previously announced by Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau of up to $4.6 million to the food and beverage cluster through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership's AgriScience Program. The cluster, led by CFI-ICA, included an additional $2 million in contributions from industry, for a total investment of $6.6 million.>>

One of the projects is highlighting photonics application in the control of listeria.

<<Listeria is a leading cause of foodborne illness and a priority pathogen in the processed frozen

vegetable sector.>>

<<The following cluster projects are highlighted in the report:

Using pulsed light to boost safety of frozen vegetables: Bonduelle Americas and Cintech Agroalimentaire, Quebec

A natural preservative for clean label food and beverages: Chinova Bioworks, New Brunswick.

In search of a natural solution against spoilage bacteria and pathogen in poultry and frozen vegetable products: Bonduelle Americas, Exceldor Co-operative and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Quebec.

An eco-friendly solution to prevent listeria risks in food processing environments: Gay Lea Foods Co-operative and Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Ontario.

Testing the impacts of antibiotic alternatives on pork quality and safety: Olymel S.E.C./L.P., Université Laval and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Quebec.

There are five additional projects in the cluster that will be highlighted in the next report.>>

Aside from the increased safety, photonics is also proven to have other benefits:

<<In addition to food safety,the technology could improve market access for frozen vegetablesbyreducing the need for costly, time-consuming testing. There is also potential to reduce food waste by decreasing the amount of rejected product which ultimately ends up in land fills.>>

Food in Canada July 2,2020 link https://www.foodincanada.com/food-in-canada/new-report-showcases-canadian-food-and-beverage-processing-research-145631/

Canadian food innovator project link: https://www.canadianfoodinnovators.ca/project/using-pulsed-light-to-boost-safety-of-frozen-vegetables