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A Multi-Pathogen Pre-Screening Tool for Safer Pork Products

Objective

Within the European meat sector the pork industry is crucial in terms of consumption and commercial importance; pork is the most produced and consumed meat in Europe (51%), as well as the most exported. However, pork is also responsible for a high number of verified outbreaks per year, with Salmonella, Yersinia, Listeria and Campylobacter representing practically all verified pork-associated infections in the EU in recent years. While large enterprises in the pork industry may be able to afford the regular application of expensive tests; for SMEs, which account for 94% of businesses in the European meat industry, these methods are mostly beyond economic reach, thus impeding their capability to comply with strict regulations. Consequently, Small producers in the pork industry are losing competitive advantages to larger and foreign competitors with the total number of businesses in the industry dropping by 1% a year. There is a clear need for an affordable solution for reliable pathogen detection which can be applied in Critical Control Points in small businesses in the pork industry.
The main objective of PassPork is to develop, validate and test an affordable, robust, rapid and reliable multi-pathogen detector for use by non-technical staff in the pork industry. The device will build upon a combination of immuno-chromatography, fluorescence labelling and optical scanner technologies, together with specific monoclonal antibodies, which will reach detection limit in the range of 10-100cfu/ml. The final product, a rapid pre-screening device for identifying Salmonella, Yersina, Listeria and Campylobacter in pork meat, will be manufactured and distributed by the project’s SMEs to businesses throughout the pork supply chain. With expected market price of €500/device and €3/test, the consortium estimated sales of approx. 10M€ after 5 years in the market.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 65 593,54
Administrative Contact
Anna Szathmáry (Mrs.)

Participants (7)

OLOT MEATS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 33 300
Address
Avenida Europa 8 Poligono Industrial Pla De Baix
17800 Olot Girona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pere Matabosch (Mr.)
SEJERO-GAES A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 260 464,67
Address
Sejerovej 28 Horsekaer
4592 Sejero
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurids Siig Christensen (Mr.)
MARTIN FRETTLOH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 304 005,05
Address
Siegener Strasse 27-29
57080 Siegen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Frettlöh (Dr.)
JCB. ELECTROMECANICA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 267 392,06
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Narcís Clavell Soldevila (Mr.)
FORSITE DIAGNOSTICS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 22 693,34
Address
Block 21, Sand Hutton
YO41 1LZ York
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Chris Danks (Mr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 35 937,36
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Irene Taaning Johansen (Mrs.)
COVALAB SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 310 533,35
Address
Avenue Albert Einstein 11
69100 Villeurbanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Said El Alaoui (Dr.)