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CONtaminants in Food and Feed: Inexpensive DEtectioN for Control of Exposure

Objective

RASFF alerts show that monitoring of chemical contaminants in food and feed is very relevant in European food safety. Also consumers placed chemical contaminants on top of the “worry-scale” of food-related risks. According to the General Food Law, food and feed industries are responsible for the safety of their products. Often expensive instrumental single-analyte methods are being applied by regulatory and industrial laboratories. There is an urgent need for replacement by validated screening tools which are simple, inexpensive and rapid, but also show multiplex capability by detecting as many contaminants in parallel as possible. The CONffIDENCE proposal has been designed to provide long-term solutions to the monitoring of persistent organic pollutants, perfluorinated compounds, pesticides, veterinary pharmaceuticals (coccidiostats, antibiotics), heavy metals and biotoxins (alkaloids, marine toxins, mycotoxins) in high-risk products such as fish and fish feed, cereal-based food/feed and vegetables. A balanced mix of novel multiplex technologies will be utilized, including dipsticks, flow cytometry with functionalised beads, SPR optical and electrochemical biosensors, cytosensors and metabolomics-like comprehensive profiling. After validation, the simplified methods will be applied in impact demonstrators that contribute to exposure assessment and validation of hazard models. Moreover, hazards of emerging contaminants will be assessed through toxicological testing. Dissemination to scientists and to relevant stakeholders, including the food and feed industry, regulatory control bodies, DG-SANCO, EFSA, exporting countries, CRLs, routine laboratories, CEN and consumers will be assured by e-communication, press releases, public workshops, open days, presentations, publications and a science education module. The consortium consists of 17 partners from 10 countries, representing 9 research institutes, 5 universities, 2 large food and feed industries and 1 SME.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/root crop
  • /social sciences/law
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/biosensing

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 377 859
Administrative Contact
Jelte Zeilstra (Mr.)

Participants (17)

TAMPEREEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Korkeakoulunkatu 10
33720 Tampere
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simo Isoaho (Mr.)
VYSOKA SKOLA CHEMICKO-TECHNOLOGICKA V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 279 744
Address
Technicka 5
166 28 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anna Mittnerova (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 579 764
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mar Garcia Ferrer (Ms.)
CHEMISCHES UND VETERINARUNTERSUCHUNGSAMT STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 67 032
Address
Schaflandstrasse 3
70736 Fellbach
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michelangelo Anastassiades (Dr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 232 770
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marc Wellens (Mr.)
Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 478 427
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joanne Baker (Ms.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 779
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Henrik C. Wegener (Dr.)
RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 89 622
Address
Antonie Van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9
3721 MA Bilthoven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Altena (Mr.)
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 365 118
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Daly (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 249 895
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Angelo Visconti (Dr.)
CENTRE WALLON DE RECHERCHES AGRONOMIQUES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 259 504
Address
Rue De Liroux 9
5030 Gembloux
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vincent Baeten (Dr.)
TTY-SAATIO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 243 452
Address
Korkeakoulunkatu 10
33720 Tampere
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simo Isoaho (Mr.)
MASTERLAB BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 116 333
Address
Nijverheidsweg 2
3881 LA Putten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Monique Van De Weijer (Ms.)
NESTEC SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 63 400
Address
Avenue Nestle 55
1800 Vevey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Lehmann (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 157 510
Address
Colexio De San Xerome Praza Do Obradoiro S/n
15782 Santiago De Compostela
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fernando Sedano (Dr.)
CENTRE D'ECONOMIE RURALE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 474 583
Address
Rue Du Camel 1
6900 Marloie
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francis Dumoulin (Mr.)
UNISENSOR SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 474 308
Address
Route De Bonsgnee 145
4120 Neupre
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Benoit Granier (Dr.)