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Controlling Biogenic Amines in Traditional Food Fermentations in Regional Europe

Objective

Food fermentations are among the traditional industries that have a long standing history worldwide. In spite of great technological advantages, much of the industry is still based on traditional, experienced-based techniques that are strongly rooted in specific geographic regions. In food fermentations, consortia of microorganisms are essential to the process, and determine the characteristics of the end products. They also are responsible for the production of biogenic amines (BA) that may cause serious human health problems following ingestion of fermented foods containing high concentrations of these compounds. This project focuses on the microorganisms in the food chain that produce biogenic amines with the main goal to improve the quality of traditional fermented food products by reducing/eliminating their biogenic amine content. Control of biogenic amines in the food products will significantly reduce the health risk for the consumer and, thereby, increase the competitiveness of the local industries. The challenge for the food industry is to produce food and beverages in which the levels of BA are minimized. The project focuses on three different fermentation processes in four different region of Europe. The project has both an analytical component aiming at identifying BA producers in the food chain and the conditions that result in BA production, as well as a controlling component aiming at a significant reduction or even elimination of BA in the food products. This will be achieved by formulating best practice guides, development of tools, and the utilization of new starter LAB. The whole food chain is considered. At the beginning of the food chain, the potential of microorganisms to form BA is analyzed; during the fermentation process the physiological conditions that result in BA formation are controlled and at the end of the chain the survival of microorganisms producing BA in the digestive tract is analyzed and their effect on the consumer considered.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/amines
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/bioprocessing technologies/fermentation
  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 455 310
Administrative Contact
Simon K. Kuipers (Dr.)

Participants (14)

UNIVERSITE VICTOR SEGALEN BORDEAUX II
France
EU contribution
€ 247 350
Address
Rue Leo Saignat 146
33076 Bordeaux Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aline Lonvaud-Funel (Prof.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 580 231
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mar García-Ferrer (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DIJON BOURGOGNE
France
EU contribution
€ 204 000
Address
Esplanade Erasme Maison De L Universite
21078 Dijon Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cristina Brun (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FOGGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 182 800
Address
Via Gramsci 89/91
71122 Foggia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Viviana Di Cosmo (Dr.)
INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA MOLECULAR Y CELULAR DE ROSARIOIBR
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 153 180
Address
Suichpacha 531
2000 Rosario Santa Fe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Diego De Mendoza (Dr.)
ACTALIA ASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 154 134
Address
310, Rue Popielujko
50000 Saint Lo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Emmanuel Coton (Dr.)
CHR. HANSEN A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 148 792
Address
Boege Alle 10-12
2970 Hoersholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fergal Patrick Rattray (Dr.)
INTERPROFESSION DES VINS D'APPELLATION D'ORIGINE CONTROLEES COTES DU RHONE ET VALLEE DU RHONE
France
EU contribution
€ 237 190
Address
Rue Des Trois Faucons 6
84024 Avignon Cedex 1
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jérôme Villaret (Mr.)
ANTONIN RODET SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 3 900
Address
Rue Grande
71640 Mercurey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guy Rageau (Mr.)
CIDRERIE VIARD SA
France
EU contribution
€ 3 090
Address
Gueron
14400 Gueron
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marie-Françoise Asseline (Ms.)
SOCIETE D'APPLICATIONS DE RECHERCHES ET DE CONSEILS OENOLOGIQUES SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 5 200
Address
Rue Franc Sanson 7
33015 Bordeaux
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean-Francois Laffort (Mr.)
FRANCISCO BADA CB
Spain
EU contribution
€ 4 800
Address
Tielve
33554 Cabrales
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Bada Herrero (Mr.)
VAL DE VIRE SASU
France
EU contribution
€ 3 780
Address
Rue Des Castelleries 2
50890 Conde Sur Vire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philippe Sanoner (Dr.)
CANTINE D'ALFONSO DEL SORDO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 5 200
Address
Contrada S Antonino Ss 89 Km 5 Presso Azienda Coppanetta
71016 San Severo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gianfelice D'alfonso Del Sordo (Mr.)