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Control and prevention of emerging and future pathogens at cellular and molecular level throughout the food chain

Objective

Food safety is of fundamental importance to the European consumer, food industry and economy. The impact on trade and competitiveness is very substantial. Despite significant investment the incidence of food derived disease still increases in the EU. PathogenCombat attacks this pan-European problem through a holistic, multidisciplinary approach towards threats from new/emerging pathogens in the entire food chain. A number of advanced platforms will be developed to investigate the survival and virulence expression of pathogens in feed and food, and on contact surfaces in the food chain including the intestinal tract of farm animals. The platforms, of which several are used for the first time in food safety studies, comprise bioimaging, laser tweezers, phage display/convergent evolution, functional mammalian cell models, functional genomics and microarrays. New/emerging food borne bacteria, yeast, filamentous fungi and viruses are targeted for milk and dairy products, poultry and pigs and their meat products. The key deliverables are: -Food with none or acceptably low levels of pathogens, -New methods to detect and predict the occurrence of viable pathogens and their virulence in the food chain and at the time of consumption, -Control methods to eliminate biofilms based upon hygienic design and processing, -Novel processing technologies to inactivate pathogens, -New probiotic and protective cultures to eliminate pathogens, -Pathogen control optimisation throughout the food chain based upon mathematical modelling, -New cost effective Food Safety Management System, -Unified awareness of food safety for the European consumers, food industries and regulatory agencies. A distinctive aspect of this Project is to facilitate proactive, more coherent, effective and flexible responses to new/emerging pathogens. The deliverables will be widely exploited by SMEs to produce safe food and improve the health and well being of Europeans and the competitiveness of the food industry...

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

Address

NØRregade 10
Copenhagen

Denmark

Administrative Contact

Mogens JAKOBSEN (Professor)

Participants (45)

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KØBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

BIOMAX INFORMATICS AG

Germany

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

MAX RUBNER-INSTITUT (BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FÜR ERNÄHRUNG UND LEBENSMITTEL)

Germany

DANISCO A/S

Denmark

UNIVERSITY OF MARIBOR

Slovenia

UNIVERSITY OF UDINE

Italy

SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE (SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET)

Sweden

VETERINARY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Czechia

VERMICON AG

Germany

CONGEN BIOTECHNOLOGIE GMBH

Germany

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

PROFOS AG

Germany

CORVINUS UNIVERSITY OF BUDAPEST

Hungary

UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS

Spain

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITÀ DI BOLOGNA

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA

Slovenia

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK

Denmark

FRENCH AGENCY FOR FOOD, ENVIRONMENT AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SAFETY

France

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

COCKER CONSULTING

Netherlands

BACTOFORCE INT. A/S

Denmark

PROBIOTICAL SPA

Italy

GRANAROLO S.P.A

Italy

PITTAS DAIRY INDUSTRIES LTD

Cyprus

COOPERATIVA AVICOLA Y GANADERA DE BURGOS

Spain

INSTITUT TECHNIQUE DU LAIT ET DES PRODIUTS LAITIERES

France

BERGPRACHT-MILCHWERK GMBH & CO KG

Germany

WEGERER GEROLD GEFLÜGELZUCHT

Germany

GEFLÜGELSPEZIALITÄTEN ZIEGLER

Germany

JAMONES SEGOVIA, S.A.

Spain

SOMAS TRADE LTD

Hungary

UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA, THE AUSTRALIAN FOOD SAFETY CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

Australia

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

SZKOLA GLOWNA GOSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO (WARSAW AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY)

Poland

UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART

Germany

EBTE, BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, LTD.

Greece

SCOTTISH AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE

United Kingdom

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

COLEAR CASTILLA SOCIEDAD COOPERATIVEA

Spain

MARTINEZ LORIENTE, S.A.

Spain

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

COCKER CONSULTING LTD.

Ireland

HYGLOS GMBH

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 7081

  • Start date

    1 April 2005

  • End date

    30 September 2010

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 14 318 025

  • EU contribution

    € 11 266 266

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

Denmark