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Published: 31 May 2018

The aim of this research is to create food with a longer shelf life that tastes as close to freshly cooked food as possible. The application of this research will include improved ration packs for Australian soldiers, and broader benefits for industry within Australian.

The MATS technology preserves the fresh eating quality of food by preserving food approximately 10 times faster than the current retort and freeze-dried methods.

"The importance of that is you don't over-process it, so the fresh qualities of the food can be better preserved,” Professor Rogers Stanley said.

"This process can improve those fresher flavours and if you get the right product and the right recipe development you shouldn't be able to tell that the product was stored."

This research has international significant and puts Tasmania at the forefront of food innovation.

What is MATS? MATS stands for Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilisation. The new technology was developed in the United States and in 2016 the Australian Government announced $7.2 million to establish the technology in Tasmania.

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