Centre d’innovació i Tecnologia BARCELONATECH

CRESCA UPC

Research Center for Food Safety and Control

The Food Safety and Control Centre (CRESCA) was created more than 10 years ago and joined the Catalan government’s TECNIO network in January 2003.

CRESCA’s expertise is in the following areas:

Organic waste

Characterisation and diagnosis of organic waste, analysis and monitoring of composting, use of products in agriculture.

Chemistry

Durability and traceability of food products, hazard analysis and critical control points, design of pilot plants.

Packaging

Packaging engineering; packaging management and auditing; packaging projects; supplier management; study, design and calculation of packaging.

Hygiene and environmental quality

Health design; audit and diagnosis; disinfection and pest control; prevention and control of Legionellosis; decontamination of air-conditioning systems; cleaning maintenance.

Product development

Bioengineering products, over-the-counter drugs, foodstuffs, cosmetics, veterinary products.

 

Mechatronics

Development of prototypes of food equipment, design and/or construction of new equipment and facilities for food companies, food compression systems, design of cryogenic facilities.

Microbiology

Detection of pathogens in food products, molecular analysis methods (real-time PCR), disinfection technologies, biofouling control in industry.

Food science and technology

Analysis of the functional properties of food, analysis of natural antioxidants against free radicals, model oxidation systems and real food, optimisation and validation of processes.

The centre carries out basic and applied research and provides specialist training in food safety and control. It currently has two registered patents to out-license:

  • Waste container (P201000984)
  • Submersible motor vehicle controlled buoyancy and buoyancy control system of an underwater vehicle motor (P200802549)

These areas of expertise are used in the following sectors:

These areas of expertise are used in the following sectors:
Food industryHealth control and food hygienePackaging

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  • Hanna Instruments

    • Design and construction of biosensors for determining the quality of must.
    • Development of different sensors with applications in hydroponics.
  • PASA (Gallina Blanca)

    • Study of parameters used for characterising and compacting low-density compressed food.
    • Technological innovation in the development of new industrial prototypes for machines used for human food and animal feed.
  • Kalise Menorquina Group

    Development of a predictive model to limit the size of ice crystals in frozen desserts.

  • Indcresa

    Development of a predictive model to control the colour intensity of red cocoa powder derivatives.