The purpose of the project WHEYCOM is to exploit the results of previous efforts carried out in research and development of a whey-based solution for the sanitizing of whole and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables (F&V). To this end, the optimization of the formula and validation, homologation and replication activities will be carried out. This solution was developed in the European Project WHEYSAN “A Natural whey-based disinfection formula: a solution for the sanitizing of whole and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables” (http://www.contactica.es/wheysan/), Project Number 315454, approved under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
Whey and its derivatives have shown promising perspectives as natural preservatives to be used for disinfection of F&V as alternative to chlorine. These results shown in preliminary studies, are also supported by the project WHEYSAN´s results, which proved that cheese whey has good antioxidant and antimicrobial activity and positive impact on the shelf life of F&V.