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EU Horizon 2020 ChillBact Project to Improve Food Safety

Thor Ice Chilling Solutions, supplier of unique cooling solutions for food processing, is pleased to announce the official closing of its Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) project selectively co-funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. The goal of the project, which was named “Decontamination with Ice” (acronym: “ChillBact”), was to fine-tune Thor Ice’s technology and scale it up for use in commercial plants and assess its efficiency in chilling and reducing the number of Campylobacter cases.

In Europe every year, it is estimated that more than 9 million people are being infected with Campylobacter or other food bacteria. By chilling down the bird’s core temperature to a lower level, it has shown promising results as a highly efficient chilling method and as a method for dramatic reduction of Campylobacter. The IceGun® solution was installed in one of the largest poultry factory in Europe, Volailles de Keranna (VDK), a participant in the ChillBact project. The IceGun® technology was bolted onto the existing lines in the air-chiller. Extensive tests and analyses were done in poultry factories located in both Iceland and France.

Image credit: Thor Ice Chilling Solutions

Image credit: Thor Ice Chilling Solutions

The ChillBact project was carried out in collaboration with industry and research institutes: Technical University in Denmark (DTU) – DTU National Food Institute and Matís – Iceland Food and Biotech R&D. The results and benefits were documented in cooperation with the project’s participants and the ChillBact project has strengthened Thor Ice’s scaling of its technology. The company is grateful for the excellent collaboration with all project participants, which was the key to the successful achievement of all project objectives.

Please find the detailed published EU CORDIS Horizon 2020 ChillBact project article through this weblink: 
Ice spray delivers cool method for killing pathogens

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Interested to learn more? You can request and plan a meeting with Jan Willem Vermeulen and discuss the possibilities for your bird chilling process, and learn about many other benefits!

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