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A novel method of cleaning and decontaminating surfaces - FT1507

The overall aim is to determine whether airborne ice particles at high speed can be used to remove biofilms from food surfaces and biofilms or organisms from inert surfaces.

A further aim is to evaluate, from environmental and cost view points, whether the advantages of using solid ice particles with Africtional scrub@ is out-weighed by the cost of creating the particles.

The project will deliver a test rig for the experiments that could be used also by the project partners. This would enable the participating companies to carry out extended tests. A further project specifically concerned with particle generation would be established to produce a unit for practical application in factories.
To investigate a novel method to remove microorganisms and biofilms from inert surfaces and foodstuffs.

To define the benefits of the proposed technology in improved cleaning and reduced water and chemical use compared to conventional washing systems.

Project Documents
• Executive Summary : A Novel Method of Cleaning and Decontaminating Surfaces   (85k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2007

Cost: £64,997
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Northern Foods Plc, Rannoch Food Group Ltd, Campden Technology Ltd, Air Products PLC
Food and Drink              
Food Hygiene              
Food Industry Sustainability Strategy              
Food manufacturing industry              
Food Quality              
Food Safety              
Manufacturing Efficiency              
Process Technology              
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Sustainable Farming and Food              
Fields of Study
Resource Efficient and Resilient Food Chain