BIOSURF (development and implementation of a contact biocid polymer as anti-microbial and anti-deposit surface in food industry) is a European research project for the benefit of SMEs funded by the European Commission within the seventh framework programme. The consortium consists of 6 participating partners from Austria, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom and is coordinated by the Graz University of Technology.
The BIOSURF project focuses on the common need for preventing and eradicating microbial contamination across the supply and production chain in the food industry, especially in the food processing and packaging industries in the EU. Therefore, it is important that all surfaces which come in close contact with food and foodstuffs are free of potentially hazardous micro-organisms. Compared to conventional antimicrobial agents, polymeric biocide materials compounded in different thermoplastic and non-thermoplastic surfaces have the advantages of being non-volatile, chemically stable and do not release degradation products of low molecular weight into the environment.