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Development of quantitative and qualitative molecular biological methods to identify plant and animal species in foods

Development of quantitative and qualitative molecular biological methods to identify plant and animal species in foods

Objective

Recent investigations demonstrated that fraudulent replacement of food components as well as adverse reaction to unexpected food ingredients is quite common problems. Up to now official methods for the detection of plant and animal species in foods are exclusively based on protein analysis. The project aims to develop DNA-analytical methods for qualitative and quantitative identification of plant and animal species in foods to monitor product safety and tractability. The project includes the comparison of nucleic acid-based methods with protein-based ones. A research aspect will be enhancing throughput by introducing multiplex-PCR, PCR-ELISA and chip technology. Four methods for several species will be validated in interlaboratory studies. Furthermore a public database will be established containing information about methods to identify plant and animal species in foods.

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Christel ZIMMERMANN

Participants (12)

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AGENCY FOR BIOSAFETY RESEARCH AND ASSESSMENT OF TECHNOLOGY IMPACTS OF THE SWISS PRIORITY

Switzerland

BUNDESANSTALT FUER FLEISCHFORSCHUNG

Germany

EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC ANALYTICS

France

FOOD RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Slovakia

FOOD RESEARCH INSTITUTE PRAGUE

Czechia

GRAZ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Austria

HANSE ANALYTIK GMBH

Germany

INSTITUTE OF MARINE RESEARCH

Norway

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA

Spain

NESTEC S.A.

Switzerland

TIB MOLBIOL SRL

Italy

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK1-CT-2001-02373

  • Start date

    1 December 2001

  • End date

    30 November 2004

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 469 153

  • EU contribution

    € 1 395 014

Coordinated by:

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