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CNTA (National Centre for Food Technology and Safety)

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Carretera NA-134 km.53
31570 San Adrián-Navarra
Spain

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Brief presentation of the institution

The National Centre for Food Technology and Safety (CNTA) is a Spanish private non-profit Research Centre set up in 1981 as an initiative of the agrifood sector. The main aim of CNTA is to contribute to the development and innovation of the agrifood industry, offering technical support to improve their quality and competitiveness. CNTA acts as a key provider for knowledge, innovation and R&D&I services for over 500 industries (over 200 of which are members).
CNTA staff includes over 100 scientists and technologists, including Ph.D. and M.Sc in Food Engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biology, Biochemistry, Veterinary, etc. also collaborating with other technical staff. Research scientists at CNTA are actively involved in numerous national and international networks.

CNTA’s core activities are aimed at:

-  Developing, managing and coordinating R&D&I projects both individually and in collaboration with industry, associations, universities, administrations, etc.

-  Providing analytical services to comply with industrial quality control, food safety and specifications of packaging and bottled produce.

-  Providing the agrifood sector with the technical assistance to produce safe, healthy and quality food.  

Main Electroporation related topics

Major directions pursued in our centre about electroporation include microbial inactivation and extraction via PEF of food compounds of interest for their application the food insustry. PEF is applied for food hygienisation, in mass trasnfer porcesses and as a mild pre-treatment for the extraction of ingredients and bioactive compounds, among other uses. The definition of treatment conditions for food hygienisation/pasteurization and extraction processes for the valorisation of different by-products are reserched upon.

Main Electroporation related research techniques and equipment

Main Electroporation-related equipment:

-Pilot scale PEF (DIL 5 kW ELCRACK hvp). Equipment: peak voltage 25 kV, a pulse width of 4 to 32 microseconds and a frequency of 0 to 500 Hz. Flow process: Pasteurization: 1-200 L/h. Mass transport improvement: 1-1500 kg/h. Different treatment chambers.

-Oscilloscope for pulse waveshape monitoring. 2-chanel digital oscilloscope, 100 MHz bandwith (UT2000/3000 Uni-T).

-Different types of pumps with different flows (gear, membrane, peristaltic...).

Research topics, techniques and equipment not related to Electroporation

-Development of novel foods and ingredients (healthier or functional) by means of bioprocesses (fermentation and downstream processing), GRAS extraction technologies (e.g. Supercritical Fluid Extraction) and their delivery into food systems (micro/nanoencapsulation).
-Application of emerging food processing technologies (HPP, PEF, Microwaves, etc.) as alternative food preservation methods in order to obtain products with improved nutritional and sensory qualities. Modelling of product shelf life.
-Development of biotechnological processes for the production of food and ingredients. Optimisation of fermentative processes, development of starter cultures, biotechnological production of ingredients or molecules of interest (e.g. bioactive compounds, monomers, polymers…).

Brief information on available facilites

CNTA is equipped with a wide range of extraction (Supercritical Fluid Extraction, Filtration, etc.), microencapsulation (Spray dryer, Micro-extruder and fluidized bed dryer, etc.), chemical (HPLC, GC, MS, ICP, etc.), microbiological, molecular (RT-PCR, DNA sequencing, Immunoassays), bioprocessing (fermentation, cell culture) and organoleptic analysis techniques (texture, colour, viscosity, etc.) as well as novel processing technologies as High Pressure Processing (HPP) and radiofrequency. In addition CNTA has a Pilot plant facilities for food processing.

CNTA's activities are carried out in the following facilites:

· R&D - Green Chemistry laboratory
· R&D - Bioprocessing and Bioassays laboratory
· R&D - Food Technology laboratory
· Physico-Chemical laboratory, Instrumental and Water laboratories
· Quality Control laboratory
· Packaging and Environmental laboratory
· Food processing pilot plant
· Seminar and conference rooms

Willingness to accept/host visiting researchers

Projects:

  • Higienization, extraction improvement and stabilization of grape compounds and their derivatives by pulsed electric fields and microencapsulación (VITIVINISS)
    Project type: National
    Funding: PTN & INIA
  • Horticultural National Valuation of by-products: sustainable obtaining of additivves of natural origin (BISOSTAD)
    Project type: National
    Funding: PSE, Spain
  • Resource Efficient and Safe FOOD production and processing (RESFOOD)
    Project type: International
    Funding: EU FP7

Members:

  • Silvia García
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    Position: Researcher
  • Noelia Lopez
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    Website: www.cnta.es
    Position: Researcher
  • Juan Manuel Saiz
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    Website: www.cnta.es

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