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A cost-effective solution for controlling Salmonella and Escherichia coli in poultry production

Objective

The Phagovet project is devised to satisfy market demand for a more secure and reliable solution to control Salmonella and E. coli infections in poultry farms. With more than 40,000 poultry farms, the European Union (EU-28) is the forth world´s top producers in poultry meat (13.1 million tons, 2014) and the second largest egg producer (>11 million tons, 2014). The European poultry industry employs 302,000 staff across Europe and has an annual turnover of €30 B, being then of significant economic importance. To date, avian colibacillosis and salmonellosis are considered the main bacterial infections in the poultry sector having an important economic impact worldwide. Furthermore, EFSA estimated overall economic burden of human salmonellosis at €3B/year. Finally, the overuse of antibiotic in farming has caused a rise in antimicrobial resistance 700,000 people die annually from drug resistant infections and it is estimated that this number will rise to 10 million by 2050. In response to the unmet need, Phagovet proposes a cost-effective alternative to antibiotics against Salmonella and E. coli. Phagovet consists of a biocide and two technological food additive products based on selected bacteriophages able to kill the target bacteria. Phagovet will be the first phage-based solution to naturally and effectively control both bacteria in poultry production while avoiding side effects and residues associated to antibiotic use. It will reduce Sallmonella infections by 20% and reduce the use of antibiotics on E. coli by 50%. Thus, Phagovet provides a promising effective control measure for a concerning problem for poultry farmers and for human health. The successful market launch of Phagovet will enable members of the Consortium to consolidate their position in the Animal Health, Food Safety and Environmental Control markets and commercialize the product worldwide, reaching €17.76M profit at the end of 2026.
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Coordinator

CONTROLVET-SEGURANCA ALIMENTAR, SA

Address

Zona Industrial De Tondela, Lt6-Adica, Mouraz
3460 321 Tondela

Portugal

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 674 800

Participants (4)

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CENTRO DE CALIDAD AVICOLA Y ALIMENTACION ANIMAL DE LA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 456 500

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 553 031,25

VETWORKS BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 461 464,50

LOS MARCIN

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 465 412,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 820523

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2018

  • End date

    31 October 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.

H2020-EU.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 297 641,25

  • EU contribution

    € 2 611 208,25

Coordinated by:

CONTROLVET-SEGURANCA ALIMENTAR, SA

Portugal