Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Device to determine the food shelf-life

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Summary of the technology


The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has designed a device to test the food oxidation, which applies real conditions of storage and transport combining light, temperature and dimensions of the device. This device allows determining the oxidative stability of the samples within a period of not more than one month, applying mild temperatures far below than the high temperatures commonly applied in Rancimat.
Food enterprises interested in the utility model are searched to develop and market the compartment.

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Predictive analysis of fats and oils oxidative stability


Storage and preservation of extra virgin olive oil) The use of the device constitutes an important tool for the large distributors of fats and oils, or any other food that contains fats, allowing not only predicting but also determining the oxidative stability of these foods, and therefore allow knowing the shelf life of the food before that its degradation prevents its commercialization, as it occurs with the methodologies commonly used today.
The device allows the control and the standardization of all the factors that have an effect on the degradation of the food or substance under study.
Even the dimensions of the device could be adjusted according to the factors that have an influence in the oxidative process, such us light, temperature, oxygen, moisture, etc.
Other additional advantage is that the device allows determining the oxidative stability of the samples within a period of not more than one month, applying very mild condition of light and temperature simulating the actual storage conditions that the samples suffer during their shelf life. Thus, the temperatures used in the device are far below than the temperatures applied in Rancimat.

Main innovations and advantages


· Predictive analysis · Results about oxidative stability rapidly achieved (1 moth approximately) · Application of mild temperatures · Application of white light, without UV light, simulating the photo- oxidative degradation of the samples when they are exposed to the light in a transparent package in the shelf of a supermarket · Portable device with small dimensions · Analysis carried out with major correlation with the actual storage conditions of the samples

Intellectual property status

Granted Patent
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Priority Utility Model application filed suitable for international extension

Technology Owner

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

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The Spanish National Research Council (in Spanish 'Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)') is a government agency for basic and applied scientific research.

It is the largest public research organization in Spain, with presence in all the Autonomous Communities through 126 centers and 145 associated units.

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