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Priority environmental contaminants in seafood: safety assessment, impact and public perception

Objective

Seafood has been recognized as a high quality, healthy and safe food item. Yet, some seafood can accumulate environmental contaminants with potential impact on human health. Limited information is available for those without maximum limits set by authorities for seafood, like priority contaminants, biotoxins from harmful algal blooms and marine litter. In order to increase seafood safety to consumers and reduce human health risks, ECsafeSEAFOOD aims to assess safety issues mainly related to non-regulated priority contaminants and evaluate their impact on public health.

ECsafeSEAFOOD addresses these objectives with eight work packages (WPs) targeting priority environmental contaminants, including biotoxins from harmful algal blooms and marine litter. WP1 will elaborate a database with relevant information required for risk assessment gathered from literature and national monitoring programmes. WP2 will monitor contaminants in seafood using an ambitious sampling strategy following the recommendations of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (Descriptor 9) and assess the effect of seafood processing/cooking on contaminants. In WP3, risk assessment (with data from WP1-2) and mitigation strategies will be implemented to reduce the impact of risky contaminants on human health. WP4 will develop fast screening/detection methods for relevant contaminants tailored to suit stakeholders needs to promote consumers’ confidence in seafood. WP5 will carry out the toxicological characterization of contaminated seafood in realistic conditions and will use alternative toxicological methods to provide tools for the risk assessment (WP3). WP6 will assess the links between the level of contaminants in the environment and that in seafood through controlled trials and case-study species, taking into account the effect of climate changes. WP7 details a strategy for education, training with clear and practical dissemination of results. WP8 will ensure efficient project management.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP
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Ana Bernardo (Dr.)
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€ 497 215

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FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA
Spain
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UNIVERZA V MARIBORU
Slovenia
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Slomskov Trg 15
2000 Maribor

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Avrelija Cencic (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
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€ 318 294
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Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

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Margo Baele (Dr.)
VETERINAERINSTITUTTET
Norway
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€ 261 365
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Arboretveien 57
1433 As

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Eliann Egaas (Dr.)
FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE RECERCA DE L'AIGUA
Spain
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€ 274 068
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Calle Emili Grahit Edifici H20 101
17003 Girona

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Jaume Alemany (Dr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
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€ 373 080
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Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby

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Kit Granby (Dr.)
EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK
Belgium
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€ 243 320
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Burg. Van Gansberghelaan 92 Bus 1
9820 Merelbeke

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Bart Sonck (Prof.)
ICETA INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS, TECNOLOGIAS E AGROAMBIENTE DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
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€ 174 040
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Rua D Manuel Ii Apartado 55142
4051 401 Porto

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Maria José Cunha (Dr.)
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
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€ 289 690
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Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona

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Jordi De La Cuesta (Mr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
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€ 253 470
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Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen

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Michiel Kotterman (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI
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€ 198 920
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43003 Tarragona

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Rosa Sola I Alberich (Prof.)
AEIFORIA SRL
Italy
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€ 86 615
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Strada Faggiola 12/16 Frazione Gariga
29027 Podenzano

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Frederico Ferrari (Dr.)
AQUA TT UETP COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE
Ireland
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€ 174 047
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Pleasants Street Olympic House
8 Dublin

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Emma Bello Gomez (Ms.)
AGENCE POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LA VALORISATION MARINE

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France
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€ 25 163,96
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Rue Maxime Riviere 2
97490 Sainte Clotilde

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Jean Pascal Quod (Dr.)
POLYINTELL SAS

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France
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Voie De L'innovation
27100 Val De Reuil

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Sami Bayoudh (Dr.)
HORTIMARE PROJECTS & CONSULTANCY BV
Netherlands
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€ 58 260
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E De Boer Van Rijkprk 20
1705 LN Heerhugowaard

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Job Schipper (Dr.)
DAN SALMON AS
Denmark
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€ 53 840
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Osthavnsvej 12
9850 Hirtshals

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Djurhuus Djurhuus Jogvan (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION REUNIONNAISE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT DE L'AQUACULTURE
France
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€ 48 112,04
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Piste Forestiere Du Gol Les Sables
97427 L'etang Sale

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Christophe Gueguen (Mr.)