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The Experimental Station for the Food Preservation Industry – Research Foundation carries out its fundamental and applied research as well as experimental development, analyses and consultancy, transfer of results, training and other related activities in support of food canning companies which, along the years have taken advantage and still do, directly or indirectly, from its activity results.

SSICA, founded as a public body in 1922 with R.D. n. 1396 of 2 July, converted into a public economic body by Legislative Decree n. 540 of 1999, is today a Research Foundation, public body, established pursuant to Legislative Decree n. 78 of 05/31/2010 converted with modifications by Law n. 122 of 30-7-2010 and the provisions of the Ministerial Decree established by the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Economy and Finance, published in the Italian O.G. n. 141 of 20-06-2011.

SSICA established in Parma, subsequently constitute a Section in Angri (SA), to strengthen the research activity to support the agri-food industry. Research for the canning industry: safety, quality, innovation.

SSICA Volume Cento Anni

100 years of passion and innovation

2 July 1922 – 2 July 2022

The Experimental Station for the Food Preservation Industry – Research Foundation (SSICA) celebrates one hundred years since its establishment, arranged by the Royal Decree on 2 July 1922, with the task of providing scientific and technological support to the emerging Italian food industry.
Faithful to its mission, it has carried out applied research and consultancy and training, with professionalism, intelligence, scientific uncriticism, enthusiasm, passion and innovative ability to become a safe and reliable reference point for the national canning industry.
Our first centenary deserves to be celebrated with awareness and pride: a series of initiatives and events thanks to which, in retracing our long history, we intend to enhance the excellence of the work carried out by the researchers of the Experimental Station and by the entire food chain.
On the occasion of the “Centenary” Day, a special volume is published which had been written by the Researchers of SSICA’s Areas and Divisions to spread more widely the activity of experimental development, consulting, transfer of results, training, dissemination and technological training carried out in recent years.
Also in this case, SSICA wanted to innovate, choosing the field of encomiastic journalism, with a historical-scientific cut.
We wish you good reading.

Consult the Volume (italian only)

100 years of passion and innovation

The meeting with the territorial institutions to briefly retrace the history and the fundamental stages of the development of the research carried out by SSICA.
On the occasion, the initiatives planned for the centenary year were presented with a look towards the future.

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Program of the 16th March 2022
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SCIENTIFIC AREAS

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Activities

Activities include collaboration with public and private bodies, research activities and assistance to companies.

Mission

Through its activity of experimental development, consultancy, transfer of results, training and dissemination, technological monitoring SSICA aims to provide answers to general problems concerning the processing activity while intervening on the whole agri-food production chain to improve quality and safety standards.

Sections

The Foundation operates on the national territory through the Parma Headquarters (PR) and the detached Section in Angri (SA).

Sea and Fish Products

The area, located in Angri (SA), addresses operators from the entire fish and aquaculture products supply chain.
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Meat Products

The Area deals with meat products whose industrial preservation is obtained by heat treatments (cooked meats) or by drying and fermentation (cured meats).
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Vegetable Products and Tomato Area

The area is focused on R&D of preserved fruit, vegetable and tomato products. Pprimary objectives are processing, new analytical techniques development, quality and genuineness control.
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Sustainability and Valorisation

The Sustainability and Valorisation area distinguishes between two specific activity sections: Environment and Packaging.
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Quality, Safety and Pre-industrialization

The Quality, Safety and Pre-industrialization area includes several sub-areas: Microbiology, Accreditation, Factory, Metrology, Chemical Safety.
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Marketing, Consumer Science and Relations with Companies

The Marketing and Relations with Companies area deals with the development of new services for contributing companies, the optimization of existing ones and the promotion of SSICA activities.
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Sea and Fish Products

The area, located in Angri (SA), addresses operators from the entire fish and aquaculture products supply chain.
Discover More

Meat Products

The Area deals with meat products whose industrial preservation is obtained by heat treatments (cooked meats) or by drying and fermentation (cured meats).
Discover More

Vegetable Products and Tomato Area

The area is focused on R&D of preserved fruit, vegetable and tomato products. Pprimary objectives are processing, new analytical techniques development, quality and genuineness control.
Discover More

Sustainability and Valorisation

The Sustainability and Valorisation area distinguishes between two specific activity sections: Environment and Packaging.
Discover More

Quality, Safety and Pre-industrialization

The Quality, Safety and Pre-industrialization area includes several sub-areas: Microbiology, Accreditation, Factory, Metrology, Chemical Safety.
Discover More

Marketing, Consumer Science and Relations with Companies

The Marketing and Relations with Companies area deals with the development of new services for contributing companies, the optimization of existing ones and the promotion of SSICA activities.
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Administration

The administrative area is responsible for institutional activity including all actions necessary to achieve institutional objectives.

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