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SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01238

AcronymCHITOSAN & FOOD COATING

Proposal titleChitosan: the basis of a new generation of anti-fungal andnatural sausage

casings and cheese coatings.

AbstractGoal: Develop a new generation anti-fungal food coatings based on chitosan, a natural

biopolymer manufactured from shrimp waste. The technology is focussed on sausage

casings and cheese coatings. Current food coating technology leads to significant losses

(estimated at 3,000 million/year) by fungal contamination in sausages and cheese and to

health hazards to consumers by mycotoxins. The currently used anti-fungal agent

Natamycin has severe disadvantages. It is not active anymore to fungi responsible for

spoilage of sausages and cheese. There are increasing questions on its safety for human

health. Thus there is a need for a natural and safe alternative. Chitosan is a biopolymer

manufactured from chitinisolated from shrimp waste. Based on existing data of Primex

chitosan has anti-fungal properties. These data provide a basis to develop a new generation

anti-fungal food coatings for the European sausage and cheese industry and reduce the

current waste stream of the shrimp industry. The project comprises 3 steps. Test the

efficacy of chitosan against relevant fungi. Develop new food coatings based on chitosan.

Evaluate the new coating on sausages and cheese.

Key ActionQOL-1.   Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date20/11/2000End date20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorDr. Alex VERPLAETSECompany sizeS3

LES SALAISONS DE L-ARDENNAISE

Groenstraat 330

9041 - Gent

Belgium

Phone: 3293553632

Fax: 3293553631

Email: verplaetse.alex@skynet.be

SME Proposer(s)

PRIMEX INGREDIENTS ASANorwayS4

Last update18/6/2001

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