Eurostars project could save from waste 1 billion tons of food per year
date of publication > 17-July-2012
Over the past decade, food-borne epidemics have been a growing public health concern. Fungus so far has not made it to the headlines, but it is one of the main cause of food deterioration and poisoning, and contamination occurs in nearly 25% of the world crops. The result is that 1 billion tons of food has to be destroyed every year, as it is potentially contaminated.
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The MYCOSORT research project, a Swiss-Belgian collaboration funded through the Eurostars programme
, aims to create a sorting device that will allow the recycling of large quantities of uncontaminated food that is usually discarded. By applying cutting-edge technological solutions, the device will be able to sort large volumes of contaminated grains at high speed, which has not been possible so far.