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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 311820

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2013

  • End date

    31 January 2017

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 085 238,82

  • EU contribution

    € 3 999 874

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP

Portugal

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.

Coordinator

INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP

Address

Rua C Ao Aeroporto
1749 077 Lisboa

Portugal

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 497 215

Administrative Contact

Ana Bernardo (Dr.)

Participants (18)

FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 340 867

UNIVERZA V MARIBORU

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 248 498

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 318 294

VETERINAERINSTITUTTET - NORWEGIAN VETERINARY INSTITUTE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 261 365

FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE RECERCA DE L'AIGUA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 274 068

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 373 080

EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 243 320

ICETA INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS, TECNOLOGIAS E AGROAMBIENTE DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 174 040

INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 289 690

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 253 470

UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 198 920

AEIFORIA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 86 615

AquaTT UETP Ltd

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 174 047

AGENCE POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LA VALORISATION MARINE

France

EU Contribution

€ 25 163,96

POLYINTELL SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 81 009

HORTIMARE PROJECTS & CONSULTANCY BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 58 260

DAN SALMON AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 53 840

ASSOCIATION REUNIONNAISE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT DE L'AQUACULTURE

France

EU Contribution

€ 48 112,04

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 311820

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2013

  • End date

    31 January 2017

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 085 238,82

  • EU contribution

    € 3 999 874

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTO PORTUGUES DO MAR E DA ATMOSFERA IP

Portugal