As part of the Marshall Plan projects, CELABOR just started a new study about biopreservation of refrigerated food. The FLORPRO project aims to use protective flora acting against alteration and/or pathogen germs in order to lengthen the shelf-life of perishable foodstuff. To obtain such a result, an advanced study of the produce is necessary. Amongst others, it is imperative to have a detailed view of the flora found inside the foodstuff, an analysis made possible through metanogenomics and carried out within this project by the University of Liège. CELABOR contributes to the study of foodstuff alteration in time using modern techniques such as GC-MS. As part of this project, CELABOR acquired a colorimeter in order to follow the evolution of the colour of foodstuff. CELABOR also takes part in the characterization and choice of the best packaging that will favour protective flora development and limit alteration flora growth.
Unlike projects with a fundamental approach, 5 companies are directly involved in Florpro. These companies are active in the fields of cheese, meat, and mixed produce (vegetal and animal). The project started in May 2013 and will last for 3 years.