Shelf-stable foods have been processed and packaged the same way for more than a century: in pressurized cookers at high temperatures for up to an hour. This prolonged exposure to high heat damages the food in a way that destroys its nutrients and requires additives, including excess sodium and color, flavor, and texture enhancers to compensate.
With MATS, packaged foods are simultaneously heated externally in a pressurized hot water bath and internally using a patented microwave energy delivery system at a frequency of 915 megahertz. By very rapidly heating the entire package to sterilization temperature and then rapidly cooling the food, pathogens and spoilage microorganisms are eliminated in a matter of minutes.
This shortened heating time preserves the nutrients, color, texture, and flavor of foods — while providing a shelf life equivalent to conventionally processed foods.
MATS Processing: A Whole New Category of Foods
MATS opens up a whole new world of prepared and packaged food possibilities. Until now, heat sensitive products like eggs, meat, seafood, and dairy ingredients could not be conventionally processed. While MATS eliminates harmful pathogens, it has a light touch with food: aromas, flavors, and textures stay intact and spices maintain their character.
MATS Naturally Processed Foods are:
Greater nutritive value and better taste, texture, and color.
MATS processed foods can remain on the shelf (in a retailer, home, or warehouse) for up to 12 months (or up to 5 years for meals-ready-to-eat). No refrigeration is required.
MATS processed foods are completely sterile: all spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms are destroyed or deactivated.
Because heat exposure is minimized during the MATS process, foods do not require excess sodium and unnatural additives to enhance color, taste, texture, and flavor.