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Methodologies for implementing international standards for Saffron purity and quality

Objective

Saffron is the most precious and most expensive spice in the world. The greatest saffron producers are Greece, Spain, Turkey, Iran, India, and Morocco. The largest saffron importers are Germany, Italy, U.S.A. Sweden, Switzerland, U.K. and France. In the last years the fraudulent practices have proliferated in part due to the high price and to the lack of the technological methodologies available to detect them. In fact, the ISO/TS 3632 (2003) the norm that regulates the purity and quality of saffron does not take in account of reliable analytical techniques to detect basic colorants and natural pigments to combat the fraud and to establish objective criteria of quality and food safety. One of the most common fraudulent practices is the use of synthetic colorants and natural pigments. Those products are used in small amounts to dye saffron threads or other plants.

Therefore, the Scientific and Technological problem to overcome is the development of cost effective, easy-to-use and reliable methodologies for:
1) the identification of fraudulent agents in saffron: synthetic colorants and natural pigments;
2) the standardisation of the quality and food safety criteria of saffron.

The IAGs and SMEs aim to develop new methodologies to modify the current ISO norm int roducing standards and reliable procedures to fight against the fraud. For this purpose, seven European saffron IAGs and nine SMEs are directly involved in the project. IAGs and SMEs are supported by four RTD performer experts in saffron and 8 independent certified laboratories for the validation of the methodologies.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COLL
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ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE ENVASADORES DE ESPECIAS Y CONDIMENTOS
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Mallorca 286, Entresuelo 2 08037 - Barcelona
Barcelona
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Participants (19)

ANAGKASTIKOS SYNETAIRISMOS KROKGON KOZANIS (COOPERATIVE DE SAFRAN)
Greece
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1, Evripidou Krokos
Krokos-kozani

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AROMATIC AB
Sweden
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Bryggvgen 12 - 14, Grndal
Stockholm

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ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NORMALIZACION Y CERTIFICACION
Spain
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Genova, 6
Madrid

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ASOCIATIA PRODUCATORILOR, PRELUCRATORILOR SI UTILIZATORILOR DE PLANTE MEDICINALE SI AROMATICE DIN ROMANIA
Romania
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I. Mesota Nr. 1
Brasov

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COMPANIA EXPORTADORA DE AZAFRAN ESPANOL, SA
Spain
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San Antonio, 23
Albacete

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ELHNIKOS ORGANISMOS TYPOPOIHSHSAE (HELLENIC ORGANIZATION FOR STANDARDIZATION)
Greece
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Acharnon 313
Athens

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FRANCO CURELLI (OUT AMENDMENT)
Italy
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Via Cagliari,18
San Gavino

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FRANCO SANNA
Italy
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Via Matorana, 5
S.gavino,sardegna

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FUNDACION GENERAL UNIVERSIDAD DE ALCALA
Spain
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Imagen 1 Y 3
Alcala De Henares

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FUNDACIÓN CONSEJO REGULADOR DE LA DENOMINACION DE ORIGEN AZAFRAN DE LA MANCHA
Spain
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Paseo De Castilla La Mancha, 15 Bajo A
Camuñas

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GEAPOVIKO PANEPISTNIO ATENA (AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS) (A.U.A.)
Greece
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75 Iera Odos
Athens

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INSTITUTO TECNICO AGRONIMICO PROVINCIAL SA
Spain
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Gregorio Arcos S/n
Albacete

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JESUS NAVARRO, S.A.
Spain
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Isaac Peral 46
Novelda

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MARIA CARMINE ENNAS
Italy
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Via Termo? 32
San Gavino

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MARKOS BPAGKATZOUNHS KAIYIOI AEBE (M. BAKATZOUNIS SONS)
Greece
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Tesaloniki Street
Vatero-kozany

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NUTRACEUTICAL SRL
Romania
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Bd. G. Moroianu 176
Sacele, Brasov

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SOCIETA SEMPLICE SU ZAFFERANU
Italy
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Via Sauro
S.gavino

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UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA-LA MANCHA
Spain
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Plaza De La Universidad 2
Albacete

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VERDU CANTO SAFFRON SPAIN, S.L.
Spain
Address
Sargento Navarro, 7
Novelda (Alicante)

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