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'Revolutionary food sterilisation process a highlight'

05 May 2010

A revolutionary microwave sterilisation process for low acid foods will be the keynote presentation in the Technology Innovations Theatre at Total Processing & Packaging

The Technology Innovations Theatre presents the very latest processing and packaging technologies, which can provide that vital competitive edge, to Total visitors.

The Microwave Sterilisation process, developed at Washington State University (WSU), dramatically extends food shelf life while preserving its nutrients, taste and texture and has already attracted interest from the US military and major food companies. The process received FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval at the end of last year, the first ever for microwave sterilisation.

The technology works by immersing packaged food in pressurised hot water while simultaneously heating with microwaves. Sterilisation takes place in a matter of minutes instead of the hours in the traditional thermal process. It is claimed that this method produces foods of much higher quality than conventionally processed ready-to-eat products. The system also has huge potential to be developed as a pasteurisation tool for items such as frozen products.

“We are extremely excited that those involved in the development of this ground-breaking technology will be flying over from the US to present it to the UK manufacturing industry at Total Processing & Packaging,” comments Group Exhibition Director Ian Crawford. “The exhibition has always been known for showcasing the very best in processing & packaging and we are delighted that this trend continues.”

The full programme of Technology Innovations Theatre presentations can be found at Free visitor registration is available at and the website also provides full information on the show including a bespoke ‘Plan your day’ facility which allows visitors to search for the products they are interested in and generate a personalised route around the exhibition.

Kevin Petersen, Entrepreneur in Residence, Washington State University, VP Business Development, Food Chain Safety LLC, will deliver the presentation on microwave sterilisation for low acid foods in the Technology Innovations Theatre at Total Processing & Packaging 2010.

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