6th of April 2017
Seipasa, a company specialized in natural solutions for zero residues agriculture, has concluded its participation in the Life+ Project ‘Zero Residues’ for stone fruit co-funded by the European Union. After 4 years of research led by Dr. Rosa Oria Almudí of the Food Technology Area of the University of Zaragoza, the conclusions of this initiative have been presented this morning at an event held at the Auditorium of the University of Zaragoza.
The Life+ Project ‘Zero Residues’ was launched in June 2013. It was aimed at improving the sustainability and quality of production of stone fruit to provide a more competitive and healthy sector. Seipasa is part of the consortium that has driven this initiative led by the University of Zaragoza and the Zerya voluntary standard. Seipasa has been responsible for providing natural solutions, as well as technical advice, in crop treatment programs.
During four years, specific work has been undertaken for a Zero Residues production method (free of pesticide residue) to be implemented for stone fruit. In particular, 5 different fruit species have been analyzed: cherry, apricot, flat peach, nectarine, peach. This Zero Residues method has been applied to all processes in the supply chain in order to produce, preserve and market products free from phytosanitary residues. The method includes adaptations in production, post-harvest preservation, processing of derived products and promotion in the market.
"We proposed that a fruit of such level of excellence not only reached the consumer in optimum conditions, but also to minimize food waste and the carbon footprint. The results are excellent, "says Javier Arizmendi, operations manager Zerya.<