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Tracing Food Commodities in Europe

Tracing Food Commodities in Europe

Objective

TRACE will develop generic and commodity specific traceability systems that will enable the objective verification of the origin of food and animal feed. Natural tracers such as trace elements, ratios of heavy (geo) and light (bio) isotopes and genetic markers will be measured to determine geographical, species and production origin. Geo and bioclimatic mapping will be undertaken to extrapolate geographical origin and reduce the need for commodity specific data bases. Post genomic technology will create rapid and sensitive methods for species identification. Profiling methods will be used to identify markers, to characterise food products and facilitate cost effective screening methods.The project will focus on meat, cereals, honey, olive oil and mineral water. Particular attention will be paid to commodities labelled as "Designated Origin" and "Organic". The European Virtual Institute for Chemometrics will develop novel specifications obtained from analytical data which will characterise these foods.

TRACE will develop and draft standardised XML 'request-response' schemes for coding and electronic information exchange and establish "Good Traceability Practice". An electronic information platform incorporating verifiable specifications and thresholds will be developed. This will permit objective verification of origin and enable rapid and cost effective product withdrawal. The new systems will be demonstrated and benchmarked in the 5 chosen chains,and the cost/benefit determined. Consumer scientists will investigate perceptions and attitudes to towards the "ability-to-trace food" through a pan European consumer study. A multi-tiered interactive information system will be developed for communication both within the project and for external use by industry, consumers and regulatory bodies. Research workers, control agencies and industry will be educated in the new methods, procedures and systems via short term secondments, workshops...

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Coordinator

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

Address

Nobel House, 17 Smith Square
London

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Paul BRERETON (Dr)

Participants (52)

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EUROFINS SCIENTIFIC ANALYTICS

France

JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

BUNDESINSTITUT FUER RISIKOBEWERTUNG (FEDERAL INSTITUTE FOR RISK ASSESSMENT

Germany

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

BAYERISCHES LANDESAMT FÜR GESUNDHEIT UND LEBENSMITTELSICHERHEIT ERLANGEN

Germany

AIT AUSTRIAN INSITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Austria

CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION THE QUALITY OF LIFE

Greece

INSTITUTE OF FOOD RESEARCH

United Kingdom

WALLOON AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Belgium

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

INSTITUTE OF CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY PRAGUE

Czechia

FONDAZIONE EDMUNCH MACH

Italy

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR CHEMISTRY, SLOVENIA

Slovenia

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

Ireland

TEAGASC, THE NATIONAL FOOD CENTRE

Ireland

THE NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF FOOD, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE RESEARCH

Norway

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

ISOLAB GMBH LABORATORIUM FÜR STABILISOTOPENANALYTIK

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF SILESIA

Poland

MARITECH EHF

Iceland

UNIVERSITÀ CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE

Italy

UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI

Spain

CHINESE ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

China

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA

Italy

TRACETRACKER INNOVATION AS

Norway

SINTEF FISKERI OG HAVBRUK AS

Norway

BIOLYTIX AG

Switzerland

GEOCHEM RESEARCH BV

Netherlands

KENNETH PYE ASSOCIATES LIMITED

United Kingdom

WPA BERATENDE INGENIEURE GMBH

Austria

FÖRDERVEREIN SICHERHEIT UND NACHHALTIGKEIT IN BIOWISSENSCHAFTEN. GESCHÄFTSSTELLE: BATS - ZENTRUM FÜR BIOSICHERHEIT UND NACHHALTIGKEIT

Switzerland

INSTITUT D'ENSEIGNEMENT SUPÉRIEUR ET DE RECHERCHE EN ALIMENTATION, SANTÉ ANIMALE, SCIENCES AGRONOMIQUES ET ENVIRONNEMENT

France

COMPUTER INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS LTD TRADING AS E-BLANA ENTERPRISE GROUP LTD

Ireland

QIAGEN GMBH

Germany

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

UNIVERSIDAD POLÍTÉCNICA DE MADRID

Spain

THE HELLENIC RESEARCH HOUSE

Greece

FAMILLE MICHAUD APICULTEURS

France

AGUA DE INSALUS, S.A.

Spain

UNIVERSITA'DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA

Italy

BUNDESANSTALT FUR GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE

Germany

CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS

Argentina

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF LA PLATA

Argentina

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CÓRDOBA

Argentina

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

FOODREG TECHNOLOGY S.L.

Spain

HYDROISOTOP LABORATORIUM ZUR BESTIMMUNG VON ISOTOPEN IN UMWELT UND HYDROLOGIE

Germany

STAATLICHE NATURWISSENSCHAFTLICHE SAMMLUNGEN BAYERNS, BAYERISCHE STAATSSAMMLUNG FUER PALAEONTOLOGIE UND GEOLOGIE, FUNKTIONSEINHEIT GEOLOGIE

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 6942

  • Start date

    1 January 2005

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 18 971 749

  • EU contribution

    € 12 217 399

Coordinated by:

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom