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Developing a stakeholders' guide on the vulnerability of food and feed chains to dangerous agents and substances

Developing a stakeholders' guide on the vulnerability of food and feed chains to dangerous agents and substances

Objective

The European citizen requires harmonised food and feed chain traceability systems that offer protection from poisoning by dangerous agents and substances. The objective of this project is to develop methodologies that will optimise the traceability process with respect to chain vulnerability to contamination.
This project will evaluate current chain traceability systems, including methodologies for the identification of contaminants. Chain vulnerability varies depending on chain type, and case studies will be conducted on four "high vulnerability" products, representing 3 major categories of chains. The products are: drinking water (i.e. a rapid contamination chain); milk powder (i.e. a batch mixing chain); and both poultry meat and farmed salmon (i.e. long geographic chains). Each of these chains will be mapped and their vulnerability to contamination assessed. A risk model will be developed to provide quantitative risk assessments of chain vulnerability. A generic Framework will be constructed for the assessment of chain vulnerability and the prioritisation of chain contamination risk. This Framework will be validated using the case studies and wider inputs from stakeholders. The outputs from these tasks will be synthesised into a Stakeholders' Guide to food and feed chain vulnerability to contamination. The Guide will be in book format, supported by software that enables the stakeholder to input specific chain data for a product and produce associated chain maps and assessments of contamination risks. It will also enable the stakeholder to examine risk minimisation options (viz. corrective measures), such as enhanced security of the most vulnerable links. This software will be accessible via the project web portal.
This is a 3-year ca. 2.93 million euro STREP with 10 partners that achieves critical mass comprising centres of expertise from universities, research institutes and industry (2 SMEs) spread across the EU and Brazil.

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Coordinator

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

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Belfield
Dublin

Ireland

Administrative Contact

Francis BUTLER (Professor)

Participants (10)

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MAX-RUBNER INSTITUT,FEDERAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR NUTRITION AND FOOD

Germany

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (TNO)

Netherlands

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES POZNAN

Poland

BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING LTD

Ireland

SINTEF FISKERI OG HAVBRUK AS

Norway

GLOBAL TRUST CERTIFICATION LTD

Ireland

INSTITUTO DE TECNOLOGIA DE ALIMENTOS

Brazil

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

SYNCOM FORSCHUNGS- UND ENTWICKLUNGSBERATUNG GMBH

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 518451

  • Start date

    1 April 2006

  • End date

    30 June 2009

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 351 132

  • EU contribution

    € 2 930 000

Coordinated by:

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

Ireland