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Tracing allergenic plants in food products

Project description

A new way to detect food allergens

Milk, eggs, fish, crustaceans, nuts, wheat and soybeans are some of the major food allergens, but there are more than 160 foods that can cause allergic reactions in people. Under European Union law, labelling of allergen information is mandatory for all food whether it’s pre-packed or not. This includes food served at restaurants and cafes. But this is not enough to prevent the risk of allergic reactions, which may be severe and potentially life threatening. The EU-funded SafeFood project will develop an innovative solution to allow on-site, fast and accurate plant allergen identification. The project will exploit cutting-edge nanopore sequencing technology for rapid, portable identification of allergenic plant ingredients in complex, multi-ingredient food products.


Net EU contribution
€ 187 572,48
Sylviusweg 74
2333 BE Leiden

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West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00