Spices and Herbs - A Risk-free Taste Experience
Securing the food chains from primary production to consumer-ready food against major deliberate, accidental or natural CBRN contaminations is directly related with the safety of food products.
Several EU projects, dealing with different aspects of food safety and security, are currently ongoing. The exchange of knowledge between these projects and SPICED is ensured, due to the fact that at least one SPICED project partner is partner or coordinator in one of these projects.
The European Commission “Communication on Cooperation in the European Union on Preparedness and Response to Biological and Chemical Agent Attacks” (COM (2003) 320 final) as well as related acts, like the “Green Paper on Bio-preparedness” (COM (2007) 399 final) or “Communication on Strengthening Coordination on Generic Preparedness Planning for Public Health Emergencies at EU Level” (COM (2005) 605 final) and “The White Paper on Food Safety” (COM (1999) 719 final), were taken into account for the call SEC-2012.1.5-4.
• to characterize the heterogeneous matrices of spices and herbs and their respective production and supply chains in context with relevant biological and chemical hazards that can lead to major deliberate, accidental or natural contaminations in the food supply chain.
• to improve the knowledge on biological hazards properties as well as on-site and high throughput diagnostic methods for appropriate detection.
• to reduce (industrial) chemical adulterations and to ensure authenticity of spices and herbs by evaluation and improvement of non-targeted fingerprinting methods.
• to improve alerting, reporting and decontamination systems as well as techniques to ensure prevention and response on high quality level.
Securing the spices and herbs commodity chains in Europe against deliberate, accidental or natural biological and chemical contamination.
Start July 2013 Duration 3 years Total Cost € 4.586.455,- Coordinator Federal Institute for Risk Assessment BfR, Germany Grant agreement No. 312631
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research,
technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 312631
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