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Preventing bacillus cereus foodborne poisoning in europe - detecting hazardous strains, tracing contamination routes and proposing criteria for foods.

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK1-CT-2001-00854

  • Start date

    1 October 2001

  • End date

    30 September 2004

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 972 131

  • EU contribution

    € 1 410 836

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

Objective

Bacillus cereus is a food borne pathogen, which causes gastroenteritis. Fatal and severe cases have been reported within the last few years. Virulence of B. cereus is only partly understood. Most strains are presumably innocuous or mildly pathogenic whereas few are presumably highly virulent. No methods exist to distinguish virulent from non-virulent strains. The project proposes to investigate virulence mechanisms of B. cereus in order to identify determinants specific of highly virulent strains. From these results, methods to detect virulent strains will be designed and dose response curve will be improved. The diversity of virulence within B. cereus and the ecology of virulent strains will be investigated in order to identify the contamination routes of foods with virulent strains and to estimate the risk for their presence and development infolds.

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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

Address

Domaine Saint-Paul
84143 Montfavet

France

Participants (10)

HUMANA MILCHUNION EG

Germany

LAITERIE TRIBALLAT S.A.

France

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH

Germany

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

Netherlands

NORWEGIAN SCHOOL OF VETERINARY SCIENCE

Norway

RYCKEBOER S.A.

France

SWEDISH DAIRY ASSOCIATION

Sweden

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH

Germany

TIPIAK EPICERIE SAS

France

UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

Finland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK1-CT-2001-00854

  • Start date

    1 October 2001

  • End date

    30 September 2004

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 972 131

  • EU contribution

    € 1 410 836

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

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