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CNR: Alamanacco della Scienza


N. 4 - 27 feb 2013
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali


For a safe animal feed  

The aim of 'Feed-Code Project' is to develop an animal feed certification instrument and procedure to guarantee high quality meat and dairy products. Cnr Institute of Agricultural Biology and Biotechnology (Ibba) participates in this research that has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013).

European food production is known for its high standards and meat and dairy products are no exception. The quality of these products depends significantly on the animal feed that the farmer uses. Since September 2010, the new regulation EC 767/2009 has defined new rules for animal feed concerning labelling, packaging and presentation. In order to comply with this regulation, an integrated approach to food safety across the European Union needs to be put in place.

With this in mind, the Feed-Code partners are developing a reliable and simple methodology and technology for the fingerprinting of every individual plant species used in animal feed for meat and dairy producers. The method is based on Dna barcodes which are able to identify the plant ingredients in the respective feed. This way, actors and stakeholders along the food chain could have an effective and easy-to-use control system at their disposal that assures compliance with the highest EU standards in food safety and quality.

The project, which unites eleven consortium partners from Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom, started in December 2012 and is set to run for 36 months. The results of the 'Feed-Code Project' will help maintain the exceptionally high quality and excellent reputation that European food production enjoys around the world.

Fonte: Diego Breviario, Istituto di biologia e biotecnologia agraria, Milano, email breviario@ibba.cnr.it

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