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Advanced solutions for assuring the overall authenticity and quality of olive oil

Advanced solutions for assuring the overall authenticity and quality of olive oil

Objective

The OLEUM project will generate innovative, more effective and harmonized analytical solutions to detect and fight the most common and emerging frauds and to verify the overall quality of olive oils (OOs). By a core group of 20 partners from 15 countries OLEUM will undertake RESEARCH ACTIVITIES based on the development of IMPROVED and NEW ANALYTICAL METHODS by targeted and omics approaches with the aim: i) to detect new markers of the soft deodorization process; ii) to discover illegal blends between OOs and other vegetable oils; iii) to control OO quality (e.g. freshness); iv) to improve the organoleptic assessment with a Quantitative Panel Test, based on current official methods, and supported by tailored reference materials for better calibration of the sensory panels coupled with rapid screening tools to facilitate the work of the panelists. The most promising OLEUM solutions will be subjected to VALIDATION in conformity with internationally agreed standards by peer laboratories. OLEUM will recreate a realistic “deodorization scenario” by producing tailored, soft deodorized OOs by lab-scale and up-scaled pilot plants to apply analytical solutions to known samples. Substantial KNOWLEDGE and TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER activities will be envisaged to aid in implementation of: a) a web-based easily-accessible, scalable and constantly updated OLEUM DATABANK, containing all the information from OLEUM research and other reliable international sources, will be available for download data and spectra and to help achieve satisfactory harmonization of analytical approaches among control laboratories; b) the OLEUM NETWORK of relevant OOs stakeholders to maximize the impact of proposed analytical solutions. Finally, a robust dissemination strategy by the OLEUM project aimed at effectively sharing results with all stakeholders in the OO supply chain has the potential to improve consumer and market confidence, and preserve the image of OOs on a global scale.

Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Address

Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 950 375

Participants (22)

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AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 606 068,49

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 406 562,50

FERA SCIENCE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 289 661,64

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI UDINE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 287 500

INSTITUT DES CORPS GRAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 284 050

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 250 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 249 250

EUROFINS ANALYTIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 301 312,50

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 171 776

EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION COUNCIL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 223 275

STICHTING EFFOST

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 192 109,88

LABLICATE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 171 312,50

UNIVERZA NA PRIMORSKEM UNIVERSITA DEL LITORALE

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 4 365,59

NESTEC SA

Switzerland

SVEUCILISTE U RIJECI, MEDICINSKI FAKULTET

Croatia

ULUSAL ZEYTIN VE ZEYTINYAGI KONSEYIBASKANLIGINA

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 40 393,75

SMART ASSAYS BIOTECHNOLOGIES LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 92 250

CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS (CONICET)

Argentina

EU Contribution

€ 68 453,13

CHINA NATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND FERMENTATION INDUSTRIESCO LTD

China

INSTITUT ZA POLJOPRIVREDU I TURIZAM USTANOVA

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 73 741

ZNANSTVENO-RAZISKOVALNO SREDISCE KOPER

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 112 673,80

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 103 730,09

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 635690

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    31 August 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 347 267,62

  • EU contribution

    € 4 878 860,87

Coordinated by:

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy