July 27, 2020
Tata SmartFoodz, India is bringing in new technology to raise the quality, safety and shelf life of prepackaged food. They are in partnership with US-based 915 Labs (associated with Washington State University). Tata is working with two types of technologies; “microwave assisted thermal sterilization, or MATS, and microwave assisted pasteurization systems, or MAPS. Both use a combination of microwave heat and a hot water tunnel to rapidly heat packaged food to sterilization or pasteurization temperatures, and hold it there for a minimum amount of time before cooling it down.” MATS produces shelf-stable meals, while MAPS produces chilled meals.