The COOLMEAT Project.
Rapidly cooling cooked meats without compromising quality.
The project aims to produce a system that can cool meat safely and rapidly without compromising the meat’s flavour and texture.
For meat producers, cooling the meat once it is cooked poses a real challenge: conventional methods for cooling meat are very time consuming and do not easily enable producers to meet with “cook-cool” guidelines to minimise the growth of any pathogens that may have survived the cooking process.  In light of this, the meat industry continuously seeks rapid cooling methods.

The COOLMEAT project comprises of five SMEs from cooked meat producers and Equipment manufacturers from within Europe who have teamed up with three research providers in order to work together on a two-year 1.2 million Euro project funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to develop a meat cooling system based on a novel technique known as immersion vacuum cooling (IVC). The project is built upon existing research into IVC conducted by University College Dublin.
Lee Gapper of the Food Machinery Company said; “It’s an exciting opportunity to be involved in such a project, what we need is as many cooked meat producers as possible to answer our online questionnaire so that we are sure that we are designing the most suitable and versatile unit possible and that it will meet the needs of the cooked meat industry. All responses will be treated with utmost confidentiality and will be used solely for this project. ”
The aim of the COOLMEAT project is to develop a technologically advanced, robust, less costly and greener technology of rapidly cooling cooked meats that will meet the needs of thousands of cold meat producers in Europe. Combining rapid processing times with lower mass losses will enable producers to obtain an overall high quality product in terms of its safety, sensory and physical characteristics. All these advantages will heighten their productivity and profitability, while at the same time raise quality standards. In turn European consumers will benefit from safer cold meats.
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The SMEs
The Food Machinery Company Irish turnkey mechanical, electrical contracting and fabrication organisation, specialists in process engineering.
McCarren & Co Ltd producers of pork, bacon and cooked meats.
Stephens fresh foods Cooked meat manufacturers and suppliers of high quality bacon, ham and other meat products.
Embutidos Daza  Traditional Spanish manufacturers of a wide range of high quality meat products.
 UK supplier of vacuum cooling equipment.
Dunreidy Engineering
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