This pilot plant is a national hub and Europe's first high-security production facility. Here, researchers study life-threatening bacteria like Listeria monocytogenes and E.coli in a realistic production environment to prevent serious food poisoning.

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To ensure food safety, we need up-to-date knowledge about harmful bacteria. The safety requirements for producing life-threatening food items for research are very strict, which makes the pathogen pilot plant unique.

The facilities are specially constructed and completely sealed off in terms of air, wastewater and waste disposal in order to prevent contamination of the surrounding environment.

Here it is possible to research pathogenic bacteria in food during processing, packaging and storage, and to study the effects of different washing and disinfection methods. Researchers add bacteria, investigate how they behave, and develop methods for ensuring food safety.

New varieties of bacteria are constantly evolving. An important task is to increase knowledge about the bacteria’s ability to adapt to modified recipes and processes in food production.

Equipment at the pilot plant

  • Meat chopper / passing machine
  • Meat grinder
  • Sausage stuffer
  • Slicer
  • Fermentation chambers
  • Combi steamer
  • Cooking equipment
  • Conveyors
  • Vacuum and modified atmosphere packaging machines
  • UV-C cabinet
  • Pulsed UV equipment, including high intensity
  • Incubator chamber
  • Climate room

Food-borne disease outbreaks

A more globalised world means that food, both in the form of raw materials and finished products, is crossing borders to a greater degree than ever before. Increased variety in the food that is available to us provides greater diversity and food enjoyment, but it also increases the challenges in ensuring food safety.

This means that decision makers, researchers and food producers must all continue to cooperate and in order to ensure food safety.

The number of food-borne outbreaks and illnesses is increasing, including in Norway. The pilot plant helps fulfil the need for more knowledge about this issue.

We need better and safer methods to eliminate bacteria such as harmful varieties of Listeria bacteria or E. coli in food production.

Questions and enquiries

Visiting address

Osloveien 1
NO-1433 Ås

Food pilot plant

Together with NBMU, we offer first-class facilities for research, education and product development of food and residual raw materials.

The food pilot consists of a number of processing halls where researchers, students and companies can test, among other things, new technology and packaging solutions as well as new combinations of raw materials.

Read more about Food pilot plant.