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Novel infrared spectroscopic tools for mycotoxin determination in foodstuffs for increased food safety

Objective

Mycotoxins are contaminants produced by fungi that infest food crops and processed foods. Mycotoxins enter the food chain via infected crops that are either directly consumed by humans or indirectly ingested as a consequence of crops as an animal feed ingredient. These toxins have been linked to human oesophageal cancer, equine leukoencephalomalacia, and toxic feed syndrome in poultry, and pulmonary edema in pigs. In recent years, research on cumulative risks, exposure, and long-term effects has raised awareness for the control of such health risks. Due to the potential danger of such carcinogens to humans and livestock, strict regulatory controls determine the sale and use of mycotoxin-containing foods. Resulting, grain and other foodstuff buyers increasingly demand more rigorous and timely food safety testing. Failure to achieve a satisfactory performance may lead to unacceptable consignments being accepted or satisfactory batches being unnecessarily rejected. However, quantitative and rapid analysis of these toxins is difficult with analytical results prone to vary between laboratories, sometimes by orders of magnitude.
The MYCOSPEC project will develop an innovative tool based on infrared spectroscopic fingerprinting techniques for the rapid on-site diagnosis of fungal diseases at the surface of foods or in liquid foodstuffs such as e.g., homogenized foodstuff or beverages. The envisaged approach will enable the development of a compact yet highly sensitive tool, which will ensure that larger volumes of the cereals and foodstuffs can be probed, sensitively detected, and quantified. The high information content of infrared spectroscopic analysis combined with multivariate calibration and data classification will provide a novel approach for rapid, high-throughput monitoring of plant main components obtaining rapid information on crop quality and safety essential for screening systems in the food and feed sector.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/mycology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/mycology/ethnomycology
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology/cancer
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/animal husbandry/animal feed

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 46 075,76
Administrative Contact
Carlos Pradera (Mr.)

Participants (7)

TUERKIYE SUET ET GIDA SANAYICILERI VE UERETICILERI BIRLIGI DERNEGI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 45 076,28
Address
Mustafa Kemal Mahallesi 2125 Sok A Blok 6/8
06510 Ankara
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Melek Us (Ms.)
INTERNATIONALE GESELLSCHAFT FUR GETREIDEWISSENSCHAFT UND-TECHNOLOGIE GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 246 260
Address
Marxergasse 2
1030 Vienna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rainer Svacinka (Mr.)
FULLWELL MILL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 361 248,60
Address
North Hylton Road - Southwick Ind Estate Unit 5D
SR5 3TX Sunderland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michelle King (Mrs.)
CERVESES LA GARDENIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 149 638,60
Address
Polig. Industrial Les Roques Roges Nau 3
43640 Alcover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anna Mir (Ms.)
MG OPTICAL SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 280 484,20
Address
Haupstrasse 35C
86922 Eresing
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Saskia Stolz (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET ULM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 14 192,38
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 16
89081 Ulm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michaela Schuhmacher (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 15 800
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renate Hormann (Mrs.)