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New Sources of Natural, Gastric Stable, Food Additives, Colourants and Novel Functional Foods

Objective

Functional foods provide a buoyant growth sector and the use of carotenoids is the most dynamic not only as colorants but as food additives. One issue with these products is their instability both on the shelf and upon digestion. Recently, gastric-stable bacterial-derived carotenoid preparations have been discovered by members of this consortium and these 2nd generation carotenoid preparations, and the bacteria that produce them will be studied. Existing prototypes will be developed as potential food additives but an extensive screen for new 2nd generation prototypes will also be made from marine environments. The consortium includes microbiologists, biochemists and food bio-technologists and will determine the identity of new carotenoid preparations and the bacteria that produce them. The nutritional value of these bacteria will be assessed and a risk-benefit assessment made using modern metabolomic technologies as well as traditional toxicology in order to designate the prototypes as QPS (ie, qualified presumption of safety). Bioprocessing of these bacterial carotenoid preparations will eliminate traditional chemical synthesis and the use of organic solvents. Also the delivery system will utilise a synergistic biological matrix making it a sustainable source. The use of these bacteria as colour-nutritional additives will be assessed by process optimisations, colour and texture analysis. The consortium includes 9 partners, including one ICPC and one associated country. Two IND partners, one an SME, will work together to exploit prototypes as additives, colourants and as functional foods. This will include patenting, licensing and the opening of new markets. Both IND partners are looking for new markets in the food additive/functional food sector and this project will enable them to identify new markets. The project will directly impact the food industry by developing new, natural as well as novel food additives and ingredients that can replace synthetic ones.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Coordinator

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE
Address
Egham Hill University Of London
TW20 0EX Egham
United Kingdom

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jenny Febry (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 1 072 922

Participants (7)

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 398 479
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christoph Denecke (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
EU contribution
€ 348 378
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Girolama La Mantia (Prof.)
AQUAPHARM BIODISCOVERY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 353 623
Address
Lauriston Place 15, Quartermile One
EH3 9EP Edinburgh

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jason Cleaversmith (Dr.)
TRUONG DAI HOC Y DUOC TP.HCM
Vietnam
EU contribution
€ 211 787
Address
Hong Bang Street 217 District 5 Old Street Name An Duong Vuong St
- Ho Chi Minh City

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thang Phan (Prof.)
ISTANBUL TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 282 636
Address
Ayazaga Kampusu
34469 Maslak Istanbul

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ahmet Dönmez (Mr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 331 276
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sylvie Modeste (Ms.)
NESTEC S.A
Switzerland
Address
Avenue Nestle 55
1800 Vevey

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Lehmann (Mr.)