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Development of a Rapid Test Kit and supporting Reference Standards Capable of Detecting the Emerging Fish toxin Ciguatoxin in European and Global Waters

Objective

This proposal, CiguaTools has been developed to deal with a serious emerging problem thought by many to be caused by climate change. Put in basic terms, strains of harmful marine algae which produce deadly toxins and were only associated with tropical climates are emerging in European waters. Due to the complexity of the food chain these toxins accumulate in fish. While the fish themselves show no obvious signs of contamination eating such fish can have very serious health implications. Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) is a major economic and social problem worldwide, with up to 500,000 people being poisoned each year. The associated illness caused by this can last for many months. The causative toxins are known as ciguatoxins (CTX).

A consortium comprising experts in marine toxins, rapid screening test development and a group of SMEs specialising in producing vital reference standards, test kits and validating both to international standards has been formed to deliver the following objectives:

The identification of the CTX toxin profiles present in EU waters which will lead to the production of vital reference standards.

The production of a fast and simple method for high throughput analysis for CTX toxin presence in fish destined for consumption.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

RESEARCH RELAY LIMITED
Address
Horries, Deerness
KW17 2QL Orkney
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 310 322
Administrative Contact
Dennis Gowland (Mr.)

Participants (5)

EUROPROXIMA BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 354 054
Address
Beijerinckweg 18
6827 Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ronald Verheijen (Dr.)
LABORATORIO CIFGA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 362 894
Address
Avenida Beningno Rivera 56
27003 Galicia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eva Cagide (Dr.)
ASOCIACION NACIONAL DE FABRICANTES DE CONSERVAS DE PESCADOS Y MARISCOS-CENTRO TECNICO NACIONAL DE CONSERVACION DE PRODUCTOS DE LA PESCA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 59 130
Address
Lagoas Marcosende
36310 Vigo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana G. Cabado (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 2 800
Address
Colexio De San Xerome Praza Do Obradoiro S/n
15782 Santiago De Compostela
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Cacheiro Martinez (Mr.)
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 2 800
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ronan Crossey (Mr.)