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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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-FOOD-3-B
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Funding Scheme

NoE - Network of Excellence

Coordinator

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Address
Belfield
Dublin
Ireland

Participants (10)

MAX-RUBNER INSTITUT,FEDERAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR NUTRITION AND FOOD
Germany
Address
E. -C. - Baumann-strasse 20
Kulmbach
NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (TNO)
Netherlands
Address
Schoemakerstraat 97
Delft
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
Address
147 Rue De L'université
Paris
UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES POZNAN
Poland
Address
Wojska Polskiego 28
Poznan
BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING LTD
Ireland
Address
Novaucd
Belfield, Dublin 4
SINTEF FISKERI OG HAVBRUK AS
Norway
Address
Brattørkaia 17B
Trondheim
GLOBAL TRUST CERTIFICATION LTD
Ireland
Address
Stapleton House, Stapleton Drive
Dundalk, Co. Louth
INSTITUTO DE TECNOLOGIA DE ALIMENTOS
Brazil
Address
Av. Brasil, 2880
139 Campinas - Sp
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Costerweg 50
Wageningen
SYNCOM FORSCHUNGS- UND ENTWICKLUNGSBERATUNG GMBH
Germany
Address
Muehlenstrasse 9
Ganderkesee