IRTA, Spain

Institute for Food Research and Technology (IRTA) is a public research institution, part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Action of the regional Government of Catalonia, Spain. IRTA’s areas of activity are those which are directly or indirectly related to the supply of healthy, high-quality foodstuffs to end consumers, food safety and safe processing of foodstuffs and in general enhancing the health and well-being of the population.

IRTA is the coordinator of the project and thus Workpackage leader of WP1 (Project management). IRTA leads also WP4 (MSD Case study: chips). The role of IRTA in WP4 will be: i) the calibration of the MSD device to monitor selected Critical Quality Parameters (CQAs) and Critical Process Parameters (CPPs) before, during and after the frying process, ii) the definition of the dataset with experimental trials where CPPs under study will be varied together in a structured way (Design of Experiment – DOE) to create predictive models that link the CPPs with the responses (WP7).