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Organic food quality control and metabolomic fingerprinting

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Project "ORGANIC QUAL TRACERS" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 170˙121 €
 EC max contribution 170˙121 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-03   to  2018-06-02


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA ES (ALMERIA) coordinator 170˙121.00


 Project objective

In the last decade, the production and consumption of organic food has increased dramatically worldwide. The EU organic food market generates a turnover of more than 22 billion € with a total of approximately 11 million ha and 250,000 farms (2013). However, based on the literature reviewed, neither internal supply nor the legislative framework has kept up with this market expansion, been necessary a further harmonisation of methodology in data collection. On the other hand, the lack of reliable markers for the discrimination between organic and conventional products makes this market susceptible to attempted fraud. The Commission Regulation in a recent report (No 889/2008) highlights the need for greater cooperation between industry, Government, enforcement agencies, consumer groups and organisations.

In this context, the project proposes to confirm the utility of the new state-of-the-art techniques in mass spectrometry analysis (IRMS and HRMS), in combination with MSA, to improve information (qualitative/quantitative) in both food control safety and quality and their application to organic products. It will offer analytical approaches to (i) obtain wide-ranging information about contaminants, (ii) determine natural components and (iii) establish (dis)similarities between products. The “ORGANIC QUAL TRACERS” project comes in response to the key requirement for solving the authentication challenges in the organic-food sector, especially in organic vegetables as they are the pioneering products in Europe. The proposal offers a contribution to the objectives set out in the Horizon 2020 Strategy (“A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”).


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 María Jesús Martínez Bueno; Francisco José Díaz-Galiano; Łukasz Rajski; Víctor Cutillas; Amadeo R. Fernández-Alba.
A non-targeted metabolomic approach to identify food markers to support discrimination between organic and conventional tomato crops
published pages: 66-76, ISSN: 0021-9673, DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2018.03.002
Journal of Chromatography A 1546 2019-06-13

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