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Recycling and Upgrading Wastes from Food Production for Use within the Food Chain (Grubs Up)

Recycling and Upgrading Wastes from Food Production for Use within the Food Chain (Grubs Up)

Project manager:
Dipl. oec. troph. Nadine Schulze

 

EU-project
Contract no.: 514049
Duration: March 1st 2005 until March 1st 2008

This project aims to contribute to the utilisation and sustainable management of waste from food processing and production by co-ordinating and disseminating research on upgrading of these wastes for use within the food industry and agriculture. The three key uses of food waste within the food chain are in compost, animal feed, and food additives for human consumption.

The co-ordination action will bring together research institutes, food industry, universities and specialists to elucidate the state of the art, encourage the development of new recycling and upgrading food waste processes, and raise the level of know-how throughout Europe. The project will focus on enzymatic processes, such as composting and fermentation. The main aspects of these processes that will be investigated are:
  • Environmental impact, over the life cycle of the re-used by-product, taking into account the waste saved, additional raw materials used, process emissions and application of the by-products (e.g. reduction of synthetic fertiliser use through replacement with compost).

  • Food quality and safety impact, including transfer of pathogens from compost to plants, nutritional value of animal feed and food for human consumption derived from waste and safety risks such as food allergies.
The project will review research on novel processes for recycling food waste within the food chain, and will undertake a cost benefit analysis (focussing on the two main benefits above) of the processes and products. Results of this and details of the research will be disseminated throughout the consortium, including to industrial partners, to enable take-up of the novel technologies. 
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