Summary of Awards to Date

Effective packaging surface decontamination.

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Jan. 1, 2008 - Dec. 1, 2010

Award Number

CCFRA Project 105591

Funding Agency

Center for Produce Safety


John Holah, Ph.D.
CCFRA - Campden Chorleywood Food Research Association


Guidance for pasteurisation of foods is clear but this is not the case for food packaging. Hot fill is commonly used to pasteurise the packaging, but there are no standard methods for assessing the adequacy of this and other, non-thermal technologies, that are now available. The aim of this project is to enable food companies to quantify the levels of package surface pasteurisation achieved with existing hot fill operations, and assess the effectiveness of novel technologies to maximise effectiveness with minimum energy input.