QUAFETY

COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ENHANCE QUALITY AND SAFETY OF READY TO EAT FRESH PRODUCTS

 Coordinatore UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FOGGIA 

 Organization address address: Via Gramsci 89-91
city: FOGGIA
postcode: 71100

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Giancarlo
Cognome: Colelli
Email: send email
Telefono: 390882000000
Fax: 390882000000

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Italy [IT]
 Sito del progetto http://www.quafety.eu
 Totale costo 4˙037˙464 €
 EC contributo 2˙932˙684 €
 Programma FP7-KBBE
Specific Programme "Cooperation": Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology
 Code Call FP7-KBBE-2011-5
 Funding Scheme CP-TP
 Anno di inizio 2012
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2012-01-01   -   2015-03-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FOGGIA

 Organization address address: Via Gramsci 89-91
city: FOGGIA
postcode: 71100

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Giancarlo
Cognome: Colelli
Email: send email
Telefono: 390882000000
Fax: 390882000000

IT (FOGGIA) coordinator 470˙930.00
2    AGRONOMIA SCARL

 Organization address address: VIA PUCCINI 5
city: SAN PAOLO D ARGON
postcode: 24060

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Lino
Cognome: Bussei
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 035 951137

IT (SAN PAOLO D ARGON) participant 343˙750.00
3    THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE

 Organization address address: Derech Hamcabim 68
city: BET DAGAN
postcode: 50250

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Victor
Cognome: Rodov
Email: send email
Telefono: +97 2 39683609

IL (BET DAGAN) participant 302˙000.00
4    AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

 Organization address address: Iera Odos 75
city: ATHENS
postcode: 11855

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Eleftherios Har
Cognome: Drosinos
Email: send email
Telefono: 302105000000
Fax: 302105000000

EL (ATHENS) participant 265˙500.00
5    UNIVERSIDADE CATOLICA PORTUGUESA

 Organization address address: Rua Palma de Cima
city: Lisboa
postcode: 1649-023

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Domingos
Cognome: Almeida
Email: send email
Telefono: +351 964310788
Fax: 351225000000

PT (Lisboa) participant 244˙084.00
6    DISTRETTO AGROALIMENTARE REGIONALE SCRL

 Organization address address: "Via Gramsci, 89/91"
city: FOGGIA
postcode: 71100

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Giuliano
Cognome: Volpe
Email: send email
Telefono: 390882000000

IT (FOGGIA) participant 220˙000.00
7    FRESH PLAZA BV

 Organization address address: STEVINWEG 2
city: THOLEN
postcode: 4691SM

contact info
Titolo: Mrs.
Nome: Rossella
Cognome: Gigli
Email: send email
Telefono: 393488000000

NL (THOLEN) participant 217˙600.00
8    CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

 Organization address address: Newport Road 30-36
city: CARDIFF
postcode: CF24 ODE

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Eevi
Cognome: Laukkanen
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 2920870114
Fax: +44 2920874189

UK (CARDIFF) participant 199˙120.00
9    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

 Organization address address: Via Festa Del Perdono 7
city: MILANO
postcode: 20122

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Elena
Cognome: Arioni
Email: send email
Telefono: 390250000000
Fax: 390250000000

IT (MILANO) participant 176˙400.00
10    MARKES INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

 Organization address address: "CAE ROSSER ISAF, GLYNOGWR"
city: "BRIDGEND, MID GLAMORGAN"
postcode: CF35 6EL

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Lara
Cognome: Kelly
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 1443 230935
Fax: +44 1443 231531

UK ("BRIDGEND, MID GLAMORGAN") participant 114˙030.00
11    LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

 Organization address address: Holloway Road 166-220
city: LONDON
postcode: N7 8DB

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Felicia
Cognome: Teague
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 20 7133 4534
Fax: +44 20 7133 2692

UK (LONDON) participant 110˙720.00
12    INSTYTUT OGRODNICTWA

 Organization address address: KONSTYTUCJI 3 MAJA 1/3
city: SKIERNIEWICE
postcode: 96-100

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Agnieszka
Cognome: Pe?ka
Email: send email
Telefono: +48 468334046

PL (SKIERNIEWICE) participant 110˙550.00
13    EINAT FOOD INDUSTRIES AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD

 Organization address address: KIBUTZ EINAT
city: KIBUTZ EINAT
postcode: 48805

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Reuben
Cognome: Vaida
Email: send email
Telefono: 97239385497

IL (KIBUTZ EINAT) participant 82˙800.00
14    80G SA

 Organization address address: RUA DO MOINHO LUGAR DO SOBRAL 11
city: LOURINHA
postcode: 2530 303

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Miguel
Cognome: Barbosa
Email: send email
Telefono: +351 939097195

PT (LOURINHA) participant 75˙200.00

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 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'This proposal aims to improve safety and quality of RTE fresh produce throughout the whole chain by developing new predictive and probabilistic models and decision-making tools, by exploring rapid and non-destructive methods for quality evaluation and prediction, and by experimenting novel technologies, in order to quantify and manage spoilage and pathogen microorganisms, minimize risks to consumers, and preserve quality. Objectives of the proposal will be reached through the realization of 9 WPs. WP1 will develop diagnostic kits to predict quality and safety of raw material and final product. WP2 will develop process control aids based on non-destructive and rapid evaluation. WP3 will develop decision support tools in very critical points of processing chain. WP4 will investigate innovative processes to improve quality and safety of fresh-cut products. Technological innovations will go through implementation and demonstration in WP5 and through an economic evaluation approach in WP6. Results will represent valuable information in order to re-visit and improve good practice procedures or, to define a more efficient management system for quality and safety (in WP7). Finally results will be disseminated to potential users in WP8, while WP9 will consist of the management of the consortium. The participants are 14, of 7 Countries including 6 SMEs, 2 public research Institutes and 6 Universities, assorted in terms of scientific and technological expertise. The presence of SME will ensure the exploitation of the results directly and indirectly. Potential impacts of the results of this project may be related to the increase of scientific evidences about safety and quality, expansion of consumer awareness, increase of the innovation capacity of the industry strengthening its competitiveness, provision of scientific evidences to the EC and other health authorities (also for campaigns for healthy nutrition), and a reference point to mass media.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

Fresh-cut fruit and vegetables are rapidly gaining in popularity across Europe. A research project is addressing the risk of foodborne diseases associated with the consumption of this ready-to-eat (RTE) food category.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

The preparation of RTE fresh produce is missing one important step: treatment that reduces the final microbial count. This represents an underestimated public health risk, with high possibility that some products carry pathogenic bacteria or other contaminants. Another factor for consideration has to do with quality attributes such as appearance, texture, flavour, and nutritional value.

Supported by EU funding, the 'Comprehensive approach to enhance quality and safety of ready to eat fresh products' (http://www.quafety.eu/ (QUAFETY)) project tackles these challenges. With the overall goal of improving on safety and quality of such produce, the project is considering both industry and consumers in its development of useful kits and tools.

Work has been divided across nine areas, six of which cover diagnostic kits, process control aids, decision support tools, innovative processes, technological innovations, economic evaluation. Final results will inform the development of a more efficient quality and safety management system for dissemination to potential users. The consortium is made up of 14 partners from seven countries and includes small businesses, public research institutes and universities.

Various studies related to the detection of pathogens have resulted in an optimised protocol for extracting bacterial DNA from vegetables. The results are important for the development of diagnostic kits.

Another achievement lies in the development of process control tools for non-destructive and rapid evaluation. Work in this area involved identifying nutritional and functional markers for processing and storage conditions.

The project team has made progress in the development of tools supporting critical points in the fresh-cut processing chain. Studies investigated various factors that may affect the quality of fresh-cut produce such as melons, rocket leaves, and fruit salads. Findings relate to suitable cultivars, cutting size, atmosphere, packaging and respiration rate.

In other work, QUAFETY explored different innovative processes for improving quality and safety of final product. Related findings highlight the benefits of alternative methods for water treatment and product disinfection, and thermal decontamination for controlling and reducing microbial growth during storage. Scientists also developed a hands-off watermelon cutting concept that has been confirmed experimentally.

Results to date have been disseminated to potential users through websites, seminars, courses, conferences and papers. QUAFETY's evolving programme of food quality and safety reinforcement throughout the fresh produce RTE supply chain promises improved industry practices and happier, healthier consumers.

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