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PCVD: Towards improved food quality and safety within EU new member states and associated candidate countries

Objective

This SSA will enable 22 institutes in 10 NMSs and 3 ACCs to be directly linked to an established STREP. This STREP (Control of porcine circovirus diseases (PCVDs): Towards Improved Food Quality and Safety: Project number 513928; Acronym PCVD was funded wit hin Task 6.8 of the Priority thematic area 5, Food Quality and Safety. PCVD-affected herds have a greatly increased incidence of secondary salmonella and other zoonotic pathogens and the use of antibiotics in PCVD-affected herds is substantially increased. Food quality is affected by slower growth rates, reduced juiciness, tenderness and an increased boar taint. This SSA will allow NMSs and ACCs to benefit from the expansion of reagents, information and training opportunities on PCVD and other pig diseases important in food safety. The study and introduction of control measures will result in the reduction of use of antibiotics and secondary zoonotic bacterial infections, upgrading of pig welfare and food safety thereby meeting consumer concerns for quality and safety of pork products. The SSA linking NMSs and ACCs to the PCVD STREP, will result in a multidisciplinary network of over 37 partners. The envisaged harmonisation of reagents, dissemination of information and training of young researchers in a netwo rk of international standing will consolidate and strengthen the globally acknowledged centre of expertise on PCVD within the EU. The interactions established within this proposed SSA will assist in preparations for future Community research activities. Th e objectives are relevant to the criteria outlined for SSAs and the Priority 5 work programme in that they promote and facilitate the dissemination, transfer, exploitation, assessment and/or broad take-up of results that directly address Area 5.4 6, Task 6 .8 of the published Work Programme. The SSA will also contribute to the strategic objectives of the European research area and will help to prepare NMSs and ACCs for future RTD activities.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/epidemiology/zoonosis
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-FOOD-3-B
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Funding Scheme

SSA - Specific Support Action

Coordinator

QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST
Address
University Road
Belfast
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

BPEX LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Winterhill House, Snowdon Drive
Milton Keynes
CROATIAN VETERINARY INSTITUTE
Croatia
Address
Savska Cesta 143
Zagreb
MERIAL SAS
France
Address
29 Avenue Tony Garnier
Lyon
NATIONAL VETERINARY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Poland
Address
Partyzantow 57
Pulawy
SZENT ISTVAN UNIVERSITY
Hungary
Address
Pater K.u.1
Godollo
UNIVERSITY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Slovakia
Address
Komenskeho 73
Kosice
VETERINARY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Czechia
Address
Hudcova 70
Brno