Added-value bioprocessing for FISH raw materials via low-cost FERMentation technologies delivering a PLUS in the sustainable production, consumer safety and quality of highly sensitive fish products
7th Framework Program, Research for SME
FishFermPlus targets to support the economic viability and resource-efficiency of SMEs in fish/seafood value chains. Under-utilised, high-quality raw materials from capture fishery and aquaculture production (e.g. homogenised fish flesh from fillet production) will be used for a novel fermentation process with higher cost-efficiency and a more simple implementation than previous mere extraction/purification methods. Instead of isolating components, FishFermPlus will generate multifunctional, fish-derived ingredients which will deliver in particular antimicrobial, e.g., antilisterial activity as well as flavour enhancing or texturising properties.
SMEs will generate income from the by-product valorisation and the marketing of safe, naturally processed high-quality fish and seafood products with prolonged shelf-life, better palatability and thus higher consumer acceptance. This will be achieved by a concerted applied research program involving 2 RTDs and 4 SME companies from 3 European countries who are dedicated (a) to develop a bioprocessing method under optimal fermentation conditions and process control; (b) to tailor adequate downstream processing to stabilise the processed materials and their functionality; (c) to apply the ingredients for a fish product range that achieves additional product-safety (assessed via viable counts, challenge tests, risk modeling), prolonged shelf-life (microbial, sensory) and high consumer acceptance (preference & concept testing); (d) to critically assess and to disseminate the positive impact of the project results and their contribution to the sustainable use of scarce aquatic resources and current waste minimization strategies.
The project partners of ttz Bremerhaven are: ISI Food Protection, Quality Food & Products, Die Räucherei, BG Production Sp. z.o.o, Technical University of Denmark.
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