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Review and efficacy of antimicrobial nanomaterials for chicken meat processing
Summary In this oneyear project, we will compile information and supply evidencebased advice to the RIRDC with respect to the potential applications and effectiveness of food safety nanotechnologies in the chicken industry. Data will be gathered from site visits and scientistindustry interactions, published literature in the research and patent spheres, and insight into emerging R&D at CSIRO and elsewhere of potential relevance to food safety in the Australian Chicken Meat Industry. A preliminary assessment of efficacy and cost of antimicrobial nanoparticles in different meat contact formats (solid vs liquid) benchmarked against current industry standards will be included in the report. The identification of existing and emerging R&D applications of most promise to the Australian Chicken Meat Industry, combined with the development of new nanobased research and industry linkages, will allow the Chicken Meat RIRDC access to uptodate evidence to inform their investments decisions on whether to “go or no go” in this space.
Program Chicken Meat
Research organisation CSIRO
Objective summary There are three objectives within this one year project:

1. Gain an understanding of critical control points, challenges to chicken meat safety and assess opportunities for novel interventions through site visits of at least one large commercial chicken processor and 13 chicken industry SMEs and through discussions with operators and other relevant industry personnel identified in consultation with RIRDCCMP,.
2. Conduct preliminary proofofconcept experiments to benchmark the efficacy and relative cost of antimicrobial nanoparticles (silver, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide) against antimicrobial and/or technologies currently employed in the chicken industry to control Salmonella and Campylobacter in particular, as both solid/surface (i.e. plastics, coatings for equipment) and liquid (i.e. washes and sprays)
3. Complete one review, presented to the RIRDC as a report and/or peerreviewed journal manuscript, of published literature (research and patent) relating to the general application of antimicrobial nanoparticles in the food industry, with a focus on (currently limited) publications specific to chicken meat. With reference made to insights gained during processing plant site visits, unpublished R&D investments, preliminary efficacy testing, and expert advice from the RIRDC, recommendations will be made as to where and how these novel nanotechnologies (including active and smart packaging, sensors for pathogen detection, and opportunities where nano meets digital disruption) may be most effectively applied in the chicken industry to mitigate Salmonella and Campylobacter burdens in chicken meat and on processing equipment.
Project Stage Current
Project start date Friday, March 18, 2016
Project completion date Friday, March 17, 2017
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority Promoting and maintaining good health
Rural priority Advanced Technology
RIRDC goal CME-Deliver safe food and good animal welfare outcomes
Principal researcher Thea King
Research manager Kylie Hewson
Admin contact Jonathan Brabner