Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, 21st International Drying Symposium

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Supercritical CO2 drying of food matrices
A. Zambon, T. M. Vizzotto, G. Morbiato, M. Toffoletto, G. Poloniato, S. Dall’Acqua, M. De Bernard, S. Spilimbergo

Last modified: 02-01-2019


This work explore the use of supercritical CO2 drying as alternative technique for the obtainment of pasteurized and high quality dried product. Several tests were conducted on animal, vegetable and fruit matrixes in order to investigate the effectiveness of SC-CO2 drying process at different process conditions. Design of experiment was performed to find the optimal process conditions for vegetable and fruit matrices, using the final water activity of the products as key indicator for the drying efficiency. The inactivation of naturally present microorganisms and inoculated pathogens demonstrated the capability of SC-CO2 drying process to assure a safe product. Moreover, retention of nutrients was compared with conventional drying methods. Results suggest that supercritical drying is a promising alternative technology for food drying.

Keywords: supercritical drying; carbon dioxide; food drying; microbial inactivation

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