Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilisation

Food innovation technology

9 March 2016, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, announced the Government will invest $7.2 million to establish a Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilisation (MATS) research and development plant within the Defence Food and Nutrition Centre in Scottsdale along with a production facility in Launceston.

“The MATS process is an innovative new food preparation method that uses state-of-the-art rapid sterilisation techniques to create shelf-stable, ready-to-eat meals required by Defence personnel,” Minister Payne said.

“Microwave-sterilised meals have the potential to improve the production and quality of readymade foods across both Defence rations and the wider commercial market, both nationally and within the Asia-Pacific region.’’

The RDA Tasmania Committee was introduced to the project back in October 2013 when it met with head of the Defence Food and Nutrition Centre, Terry Moon.  Since then RDA Tasmania has provided resource and advice for the development of the project.  Congratulations to the Centre for Food Innovation collaborators for the successful outcome of this project.