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CONtaminants in Food and Feed: Inexpensive DEtectioN for Control of Exposure

CONtaminants in Food and Feed: Inexpensive DEtectioN for Control of Exposure

Objective

RASFF alerts show that monitoring of chemical contaminants in food and feed is very relevant in European food safety. Also consumers placed chemical contaminants on top of the “worry-scale” of food-related risks. According to the General Food Law, food and feed industries are responsible for the safety of their products. Often expensive instrumental single-analyte methods are being applied by regulatory and industrial laboratories. There is an urgent need for replacement by validated screening tools which are simple, inexpensive and rapid, but also show multiplex capability by detecting as many contaminants in parallel as possible. The CONffIDENCE proposal has been designed to provide long-term solutions to the monitoring of persistent organic pollutants, perfluorinated compounds, pesticides, veterinary pharmaceuticals (coccidiostats, antibiotics), heavy metals and biotoxins (alkaloids, marine toxins, mycotoxins) in high-risk products such as fish and fish feed, cereal-based food/feed and vegetables. A balanced mix of novel multiplex technologies will be utilized, including dipsticks, flow cytometry with functionalised beads, SPR optical and electrochemical biosensors, cytosensors and metabolomics-like comprehensive profiling. After validation, the simplified methods will be applied in impact demonstrators that contribute to exposure assessment and validation of hazard models. Moreover, hazards of emerging contaminants will be assessed through toxicological testing. Dissemination to scientists and to relevant stakeholders, including the food and feed industry, regulatory control bodies, DG-SANCO, EFSA, exporting countries, CRLs, routine laboratories, CEN and consumers will be assured by e-communication, press releases, public workshops, open days, presentations, publications and a science education module. The consortium consists of 17 partners from 10 countries, representing 9 research institutes, 5 universities, 2 large food and feed industries and 1 SME.
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STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

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Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 377 859

Administrative Contact

Jelte Zeilstra (Mr.)

Participants (17)

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TAMPEREEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO

Finland

VYSOKA SKOLA CHEMICKO-TECHNOLOGICKA V PRAZE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 279 744

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 579 764

CHEMISCHES UND VETERINARUNTERSUCHUNGSAMT STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 67 032

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 232 770

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 478 427

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 290 779

RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 89 622

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 365 118

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 249 895

CENTRE WALLON DE RECHERCHES AGRONOMIQUES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 259 504

TTY-SAATIO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 243 452

MASTERLAB BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 116 333

NESTEC SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 63 400

UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 157 510

CENTRE D'ECONOMIE RURALE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 474 583

UNISENSOR SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 474 308

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211326

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2008

  • End date

    31 December 2012

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 514 032,40

  • EU contribution

    € 5 800 100

Coordinated by:

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands