Information days - Madrid

About the information day

The information day is designed for food companies interested in recent research findings related to processing contaminants such as acrylamide, furan, hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) or 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) esters. Those compounds are naturally formed during thermal processing of many foods such as baking, roasting, frying, canning, retorting or sterilization.
Participants will discover how new technologies can help them to mitigate the formation of such contaminants. They will also have the opportunity to discuss with technology providers how to implement monitoring system and to optimize their processes.
Download the leaflet here.

PROMETHEUS is a European consortium of partners from academia, research and technological centers and industry which are leading the investigation on mitigation strategies of process contaminants. PROMETHEUS has the objective to help the European food industry to reduce consumer exposure to undesirable compounds formed during food processing without affecting food quality or reducing microbiological safety. Several food processing technologies have been investigated: vacuum baking, high hydrostatic pressure treatment, ohmic heating and microencapsulation of heat-labile ingredients. In addition, in-line analytical techniques have been developed to monitor the formation of such undesirable food-born compounds.


09:00 – 9:30: Registration

09:30 – 09:40: Welcome and Opening session

09:40 – 10:00: Brief summary of processing contaminants in foods.
Speaker: Colin Crews (UK)

10:00 – 10:20: Ohmic heating: towards the mitigation of processing contaminants formation and the preservation of nutritional properties of baby food purees
Speaker: Magali Wagner (FR)

10:20 – 10:40: High pressure sterilization: The way forward to mitigate processing contaminants in fish canned products and baby food purees
Speaker: Robert Sevenich (GE)

10:40 – 11:20: Coffee break

11:20 – 11:40: Online colour measurement technology to monitor the formation of thermal processing contaminants - application to the bakery industry
Speaker: Vural Gökmen (TK)

11:40 – 12:00: At line and inline monitoring of process contaminants for process optimization and quality control using the fluorescence-based tool Fluoralys - application to infant formulas, baby food and biscuits
Speaker: Ines Birlouez-Aragon (FR)

12:00 – 12:20: Kinetic modelling: a tool to predict the formation of processing contaminants in biscuits. Speaker: Ine Van der Fels (NL)

12:20 – 12:40: Market applicability assessment: Technical analysis of the potential for integration in food processing chains.

12:40 – 13:00: Closing Session


Registration at


Francisco J. Morales
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Institute of Food Science, Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN)
Phone: +34 91 549 2300  -

Inès Birlouez-Aragon
Spectralys Innovation
BIOCITECH, 102 avenue Gaston Roussel, F-93230 Romainville, France
Tel : +33 1 41 50 67 70

Silvia Campos
Avenue des Nerviens 9-31 1040 Bruxelles, BELGIUM
Tel. +32 2 50 08 750  -


National Center for Metallurgical Research / Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas  (CENIM-CSIC)
Avenida Gregorio del Amo, 8
Madrid E-28040

The venue is 2 minutes walking distance from the "Metropolitano" Metro station (Line 6). Take "Gregorio del Amo" exit and go down the street. Get into the CSIC-Complutense Campus and go directly to the main entrance at CENIM. Meeting venue is at the first floor.

  • From the Madrid-Barajas airport (approx. 40 min)
    - By Metro: Take Metro Line 8 (pink colour) at the Madrid-Barajas airport (T1, T2, T3, or T4) direction to "Nuevos Ministerios". Stop at "Nuevos Ministerios" station, and change to Line 6 to "Metropolitano" station.
    - By Bus: Take Line 200 (Madrid-Barajas airport to Av. de America). Stop at "Avenida de America" and get into the Metro Line 6 to "Metropolitano" station.
    - By Taxi: it highly depends on the traffic conditions (20 – 60 min).

  • From the Madrid-Atocha railway AVE station (approx. 40 min)

Connect to the Atocha Cercanias Train station area. Take any train for C1/C2/C3/C4 or C10 lines direction to "Nuevos Ministerios". Stop at "Nuevos Ministerios" station, and change to Line 6 to "Metropolitano" station.

C/ Marqués de Urquijo, 4

NH Alberto Aguilera ***
C/ Alberto Aguilera, 18

C/ Hilarión Eslava 16

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 265558
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