The EIT Food website is not compatible with Internet Explorer. Please visit our website with another browser, like Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari, for the best possible experience.
VITAL: Validation of Innovative Tools to Assess and to improve microbioLogical safety in the food chain
VITAL: Validation of Innovative Tools to Assess and to improve microbioLogical safety in the food chain

VITAL: Validation of Innovative Tools to Assess and to improve microbioLogical safety in the food chain

Conventional microbiological testing takes time to get results. This impacts the supply chain, causing delays to get to market whilst results come back on finished but not shipped goods.

 Rapid methods solve this problem, but they need to be proven to work as well as the standard microbiological methods that they replace. Proving these rapid methods work just as well, requires them to be tested in multiple food matrices.  This is time-consuming, expensive and slows down adoption. AI can solve this problem.  An algorithm comparing historical standard microbiological tests against the rapid method tests will be created and this will allow food companies to radically reduce the number of verifying tests they will need to do, to ensure the rapid method works in their food matrix of interest.     Salmonella spp. will be targeted because it is poses a severe threat to multiple food products. In the following phase, we will compare the recommended test plan from the AI to a real-life ISO verification for 2 new products, done in the lab first and then in a food factory.

Partners

The following partners are involved in the project

University of Turin
AI TALENTUM
SwissDeCode
PEPSICO

Project Lead

Luca Cocolin
Institution

University of Turin

Contact details

lucasimone.cocolin@unito.it

Related projects

Hapje Tapje: Kitchen of the Future

Hapje Tapje: Kitchen of the Future

Hapje Tapje is a consumer event and a culinary feast in the city of Leuven. Every year, EIT Food presents innovative ideas, drinks and foods to the general public.

Quality Information Services and Dietary Advice for Personalized Nutrition in Europe

Quality Information Services and Dietary Advice for Personalized Nutrition in Europe

To further develop and test a digital platform as a supporting basis for creating and delivering personalised nutrition (PN) services in Europe via a non-profit organisation with payable services/memberships to cover operational costs. Services are scientifically validated and designed for use by companies, healthcare services, researchers, and professionals wanting to provide consumers with improved personalised nutrition advice and services.

SuReBar: Integrating innovative sugar and fibre technologies to produce clean label sugar reduced products, demonstrated through cereal bars

SuReBar: Integrating innovative sugar and fibre technologies to produce clean label sugar reduced products, demonstrated through cereal bars

Sugar reduction in foods remains challenging; it is not only the sweetness of sugar but also the physical properties and cost that have to be matched.

Related articles

EIT Food South reveals 2020 Activity Report Consumer Behaviour

EIT Food South reveals 2020 Activity Report

26 March 2021

Read our 2020 Activity Report to learn more about EIT Food activities run in Southern Europe.

Creating a Sustainable Food System Part 1: Bracing for the journey ahead Consumer Behaviour

Creating a Sustainable Food System Part 1: Bracing for the journey ahead

06 August 2020

More than ever, there is a growing awareness of the impact of food poverty, unequal access to nutritious food, and the vital role that delivery, factory and retail workers play....