The Canadian government has announced an investment of more than 2.4 million CAD (about $1.8 million) in P&P Optica (PPO) through the AgriInnovate program.
The investment will help P&P Optica develop and showcase its food inspection technology for meat processors.
The Government of Canada’s investment will support PPO in the construction of demonstration units that will allow it to showcase its technology to potential users. The Ontario-based company hopes to help processors improve the safety and quality of their products and reduce food waste.
The system analyzes the composition of food, evaluating properties such as tenderness, freshness, and protein, water, and fat content. The technology can detect imperfections and remove foreign objects like plastic, bone and rubber.
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, said, “Canada’s processors are adopting new technologies to increase production and deliver quality products across the country and around the world. P&P Optica’s technology gives processors essential information that provides many benefits, including helping to reduce food waste.
She added, “Our government is committed to investing in innovative projects that support the long-term growth and success of our agriculture and agri-food sector.
The investment will also be used to build a demonstration room to optimize the technology, for the use of potential customers. Hyperspectral imaging technology assesses the safety and freshness of meat products by analyzing color and moisture, providing a large amount of data to processors.
Olga Pawluczyk, CEO of P&P Optica, said, “P&P Optica is grateful for the support of the Federal Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food through the AgriInnovate program. PPO is focused on working with food processors to improve the safety and quality of our food supply while reducing waste. »
Pawluczyk continued, “We are excited to have the opportunity to promote our automated inspection system, which is already working in plants across the United States, to Canadian meat processors. We believe that the Canadian meat industry, already a world leader in quality products, can further increase its competitive advantage by using technologies like PPO’s intelligent imaging system.