LIFE VERTALIM: Reductions in pollution from the fish canning industry with the use of eco-efficient technology
- The LIFE VERTALIM project will reduce the pollution load in sewer systems by 30% and integrate waste into urban sanitation systems
PICKNPACK is a large collaborative project funded by the EU under the 7th Frame program, which will end in October this year 2016. The aim is boosting the development and implementation of innovative automatic systems in food industry. In order to find strategic approaches for facilitating greater deployment of new flexible and autonomous robots, sensors and packaging modules in the food industry of today, an acceptance study was done within this sector, which consisted of a survey to different directors and responsible form different European food and postharvest companies. This survey aimed to know the current level of automation of the European food industry; problems and needs sorting and packaging of its products; the willingness to invest in innovative equipment; and perceptions of those responsible for the companies, in reference to factors that could influence when investing in new equipment. Read more
The technology centre AZTI is participating in a project to develop and validate a technology-based sensor system for objectively classifying fish freshness.
This study is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, and is coordinated by the National Federation of Provincial Fish and Frozen Product Retail Entrepreneurs (FEDEPESCA). Read more
Making use of more than 80% of the whey produced at cheese-making dairies in the Basque Country and using it to produce foodstuffs for human and animal consumption is viable, as has been shown in the ‘Valorlact’ project funded by the European Commission’s Life+ programme. The results of the research show that the whey does not have to be regarded as a waste product and should be included in the food chain, which means a fresh business opportunity for the cheese-making and foodstuff production sectors. The programme has been coordinated by the Directorate for Foodstuff Quality and Industries of the Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness. AZTI, an expert R&D centre in marine and foodstuff innovation, has been responsible for the technical coordination, while the other participants have been Neiker-Tecnalia and the companies Iberlact and BM Ingeniería. Read more
The presence of pathogenic microorganisms, in other words, those that cause diseases, is one of the main problems fish farms are facing. To look for a solution that does not affect the health of the fish or of consumers, Azti-Tecnalia is coordinating a project to identify bacteriophages, organisms that infect and destroy bacteria; this move is designed to put an end to these pathogens without affecting the communities of environmental and intestinal bacteria in aquaculture. Read more