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Safe and Prolonged Storable Legume Sprouts and Sweet Corn Kernels

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Safe and Prolonged Storable Legume Sprouts and Sweet Corn Kernels
Overview

Sprouts and shelled sweet corn kernels are highly nutritious but have severe hygiene and shelf life issues. The current technology deals with process development to address the issues of safety, short shelf life and poor germination efficiency of seeds during winter season (Temp. < 20°C). Developed combination processing ensured microbial safety and extended shelf life up to 15 days for mung sprouts, chickpea sprouts, sweet corn kernels and 10 days in case of alfalfa sprouts when stored at 5±2°C. Processing also maintained the wholesomeness as well as reduced anti-nutritional factors of these products. The developed method could be an effective commercial strategy for ensuring safety and thereby promote its market access.

Safe and Prolonged Storable Legume Sprouts and Sweet Corn Kernels
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Sprouts and shelled sweet corn kernels are highly nutritious but have severe safety and short shelf life issues. The developed process can ensure microbiological safety, wholesomeness with a value addition in terms of reduced anti-nutritional factors.

 SALIENT FEATURES OF PROCESSED SPROUTS AND SWEET CORN KERNELS

  • It can be stored up to 15 days at refrigerated temperature (5±2°C) in packed condition.

  • Hygienic (safe) and nutritious with retained antioxidant capacity during storage.

  • Sensory and texture quality well acceptable.

  • Better option for consumers due to reduced anti-nutritional factors in processed sprouts.

  • Suitable for all age groups.

APPLICATIONS

  • Legume sprouts can be made available in various retail shops, and canteens for consumers as safe and nutritious Ready-to-Eat (RTE) food.

  • Better option for consumers as these processed legume sprouts contain reduced level of anti-nutrients.

  • Shelled sweet corn kernels can be used as safe and nutritious Ready-to-Cook (RTC) convenient food.

Safe and Prolonged Storable Legume Sprouts and Sweet Corn Kernels
Detail Technical Brochure

Legume sprouts and sweet corn kernels are highly nutritive food consumed worldwide for health promoting attributes. The current technology deals with process development to address the issues of safety, short shelf life and poor germination efficiency of seeds during winter season (Temp. < 20°C). The unprocessed sprouts and shelled sweet corn kernels possessed pathogens including coliforms such as Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The processing reduced these pathogens to undetectable level, extended the shelf life of these products up to 15 days and also reduced anti-nutritional factors particularly in sprouts which affects bioavailability of minerals and proteins, and may often cause toxicity. The combination of process included thermosonication or blanching, ascorbate dip, air drying, packing and gamma irradiation (i.e. an internationally approved process).

ADVANTAGES

  • Pre-seed treatment improved germination percentage during winter
  • The technology ensured hygiene and safety of the product during storage
  • Nutritious and organoleptically acceptable product
  • Reduced anti-nutritional factors in legume sprouts
  • Process retained antioxidant capacity of sprouts and sweet corn kernels during storage
  • Extended storage life needed for its availability in domestic market
  • Suitable for all age groups

APPLICATIONS

  • Legume sprouts can be made available in various retail shops, and canteens for consumers of all age group as safe and nutritious Ready-to-Eat (RTE) food
  • Better option for consumers as these processed legume sprouts contain reduced level of anti-nutrients
  • Shelled sweet corn kernels can be used as safe and nutritious Ready-to-Cook (RTC) convenient food

INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIRED

a. Equipments

  • Sonicator bath with temperature control, tank with in-built water cooling capacity (10±1°C)
  • Sealing machine
  • Sprout maker
  • Irradiation facility near the preparation centre

b. Raw Materials

  • Sprout seeds & sweet corn cobs. All the raw materials required are available in the local market.

c. Space

  • A room with 500 ft2 area (25’ x 20’)

d. Power Supply

  • Both single & three phase power connection

e. Manpower

  • One skilled technician and two unskilled labors would be adequate for processing of 100 kg sprouts or sweet corn kernels. Actual manpower would depend on production capacity.

Who Should apply


Interested parties with Engineering & Scientific knowledge, good financial background and adequate experience of products manufacturing & fabrication with technical capability in the area of interested technology and having or interested in setting –up facilities for production would be preferred.


How to apply

Send your Technology Transfer Application form duly filled and signed alongwith a Demand Draft/Bankers cheque of Rs. 500/- (for Indian entities) or US $50/- (for foreign entities) drawn in favour of “Accounts Officer, BARC” as application processing fee on following address: 

Head, Technology Transfer and Collaboration Division 
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre,
Trombay, Mumbai – 400 085, India.

Fax : +91-22-25505151


Note:Applications without processing fee as applicable above of Rs. 500/- or US $50/- for each technology will not be considered.


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Head, 
Technology Transfer and Collaboration Division
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre,
Trombay, Mumbai 400 085.

Fax : 091-022- 25505151
Email : technology@barc.gov.in

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