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Integrated Monitoring and Control of Foodborne Viruses in European Food Supply Chains

Objective

The concept of VITAL is the integrated monitoring and control of contamination of the European food supply chain by pathogenic viruses. VITAL will use advanced methods for virus detection throughout selected food supply chains from farm to market, to gather data on virus contamination of food and environmental sources suitable for quantitative viral risk assessment. Supply chains will be monitored for the presence of indicator viruses commonly found in faecal contamination events. These viruses can be distinguished into strains of human and animal origin, which will indicate contamination from a specific source. Modelling tools will be developed to define the quantitative viral risk for each scenario, and to assess foodborne viral risks for determining high risk situations and efficacy of interventions. Modular process risk models will be developed to build up specific HACCP recommendations. Recent developments in risk management will be evaluated for their use in reducing foodborne viral infections. Survival of viruses in foods will be modelled, and disinfection procedures used in the food industry will be evaluated, to elucidate the critical points where virus contamination may be controlled. VITAL will disseminate its findings by producing handbooks and guidelines on appropriate control practices, and communicate requirements necessary for establishing reliable monitoring of food chains for viruses on a regular or as-needed basis. Therefore VITAL will provide to Europe a framework for monitoring, risk modelling, and procedures for control of foodborne virus contamination, which will be applicable to any virus, whether existing, emerging or re-emerging, that poses the danger of being transmitted by food. Implementation of such a framework of preventive or proactive virus contamination management will form a first line of defence against transmission of foodborne viral diseases in Europe.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/virology
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

Food and Environment Research Agency
Address
Area 1A, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
SW1P 3JR London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 422 069
Administrative Contact
Nigel Cook (Dr.)

Participants (12)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 202 500
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Vereeken (Ms.)
VYZKUMNY USTAV VETERINARNIHO LEKARSTVI
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 108 040
Address
Hudcova 296/70
621 00 Brno
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Markéta Kabourková (Dr.)
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 240 957
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sanna-Maija Miettinen (Dr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 151 080
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Apostolos Vantarakis (Prof.)
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 251 281
Address
Viale Regina Elena 299
00161 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rosa Maria Martoccia (Dr.)
RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 376 087
Address
Antonie Van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9
3721 MA Bilthoven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marjon Straver (Dr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 315 665
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marc Matthesius (Mr.)
PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT WETERYNARYJNY - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY
Poland
EU contribution
€ 187 338
Address
Partyzantow 57
24100 Pulawy
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Barbara Kotelba (Dr.)
SCIENTIFIC VETERINARY INSTITUTE NOVI SAD
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 111 900
Address
Rumenacki Put
21000 Novi Sad
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Tamas Petrovic (Dr.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 173 224
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Milena Prosen (Ms.)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO AGRARIO DE CASTILLA Y LEON
Spain
EU contribution
€ 182 248
Address
Ctra.burgos Km 119
47071 Valladolid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ignacio Sanz Aldea (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 199 565
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rosina Girones (Dr.)