The final aim of this project is to ensure that meat put on the market is Trichinella-free. An overview of the main Trichinella strains infecting wild and domestic animals in Europe will be performed targeting reference isolates. The development of a method to enable an earlier serological diagnosis of trichinellosis in pigs before or after slaughter by a capture ELISA using monoclonal antibodies with high affinity for epitomes specific to the invasive stage of Trichinella, and indirect ELISA using recombinant antigens, will avoid the risk period of contamination for humans. Horsemeat control, based on the direct identification of the parasite after muscle digestion will be improved by the development of a new reading method using an image analysis system, an automation, a self-calibrating and the determination of a the highest Trichinella infected and most readily digested muscles in horse.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
040 01 Kosice
00 818 Warszawa