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Animal feed certification instrument and procedure to guarantee the quality of meat and dairy products through automatic, simple and rapid DNA barcode method based on tubulin-based polymorphism (TBP)

Objective

The EU integrated approach to food safety needs effective control systems to assure safety and quality standards all along the food chain, including animal feed. This is not always straightforward, since several actors are involved in the chain, in some cases not from EU. Following regulation EC 767/2009, which has defined new “rules on the placing on the market and use of animal feed, including requirements for labelling, packaging and presentation”, a reliable and simple technical solution to measure the exact composition of compound feed for food animal is required by farmers to assure the quality of the final product (meat, milk or PDO cheese) and to certify compound feed sold, even in the form of bulk and within the same area. Presently existing analytical methods are sophisticated and not accessible to SME and small regional producers.
The FEED-CODE project aims to develop a reliable, simple and cheap methodology and instrument for the fingerprinting of each individual plant species used in compound feed, through the tubulin-based polymorphism (TBP) method, which, in contrast to other PCR-based methods, does not require detailed knowledge of DNA sequences, but identifies the specie through a simple DNA barcode. This allows to quantify the presence of each individual components in complex mixtures, even in case of very small amounts (detection limit <1% weight).
The tangible outcomes of FEED-CODE will be: 1. Specific probes for the identification of 30 plant species of European Catalogue of feed materials; 2. Easy to use and automatic FEED-CODE instrument for reliable and precise detection of plant species in compound mixes; 3. New standard procedure for labeling animal feed, in compliance with EC regulation and with the needs for quality and anti-fraud certification of farmers and PDO producers.
The consortium has a consistent and widespread representation of the sector, guaranteeing direct audience of more than 2 million farmers in Europe.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Coordinator

LABOR SRL
Address
Via Della Scrofa 117
00186 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 500
Administrative Contact
Valerio Grosso (Mr.)

Participants (10)

CONSORZIO DEL FORMAGGIO PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 549 899,05
Address
Via Kennedy 18
42124 Reggio Emilia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sonia Bertani (Ms.)
CONSEIL EUROPEEN DES JEUNES AGRICULTEURS AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 86 340,50
Address
67 Rue De La Loi
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Natalia Skupska (Ms.)
ASSOCIATION OF THE MEAT PROCESSORS IN BULGARIA
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 121 452
Address
Shiptchenski Prohod Bulevard
1111 Sofia
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Svetla Chamova (Dr.)
Asociatia Romana a Carnii
Romania
EU contribution
€ 118 190
Address
Bd. Bucurestii Noi 118
012358 Bucharest
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Marieta Verdes (Mrs.)
AGRICOLTURA E VITA - ASSOCIAZIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 79 730,50
Address
Via Mariano Fortuny 20
00196 Roma
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Anna Cuccì (Ms.)
FAI FARMS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 229 066,50
Address
The Field Station Wytham
OX2 8QJ Oxford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mark Plampin (Mr.)
MEDITERRANEA BIOTECH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 248 777
Address
Via Vaccaro 236
85100 Potenza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonietta Di Lorenzo (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Guercio (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA
Portugal
Address
Largo Dos Colegiais 2
7000 803 Evora
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cesaltina Frade (Dr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUTT AS
Norway
Address
Kabelgaten 2
N-0580 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Morten Berntsen (Mr.)