Biotracer

Greater food safety through ”Biotracer“

In late April, the international research project "Biotracer" received the funding commitment from the European Commission for over eleven million € (total budget € 16 million). The Scientific Director is an Austrian: Univ. Prof. Dr. Martin Wagner of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. The administrative coordination is in the hands of Dr. Jeffrey Hoorfar of the Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research, Copenhagen. The project will commence in 2007, subject to coordination talks with the EU financial backers.
The project "Biotracer" (the full title reads “Improved bio-traceability of unintended micro-organisms and their substances in food and feed chains”) was submitted as an EU project under priority topic 5 "Food quality and safety" of the 6th Framework Programme as an Integrated Project and received the go ahead in late April. Integrative projects are the "master tools" of a European research policy of pooling scientific excellence (European Space Science). A total of eleven million Euros for the project has been approved. The project should result in more reliable and faster measures in cases of food contamination.
Partners from more than 40 countries and diverse disciplines.
The Coordinator is Dr. Jeffrey Hoorfar of the Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research, Copenhagen, A. Univ.Prof. Dr. Martin Wagner of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna is scientist director and deputy project coordinator. Numerous partners from more than 40 countries will be incorporated, including some from the USA, Russia, China and Brazil. In addition to academic institutions, partners also include public and private research institutes; international organizations; leading European companies in the food processing industry; small and medium enterprises as well as organizations of the so-called INCO countries such as Brazil or China, being the major feed importers to the EU and which are connected via special agreement to the European research Area. The experts in the consortium are made up of veterinarians, systems biologists, database and software developers, auditors and risk managers, food and molecular biologists, and mathematicians and statisticians specializing in model predictions. Finally, members of legislative bodies, professional associations and partners in IP standardization organization are also included in BIOTRACER as partners.

 
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Integrated project BIOTRACER