Accessible Technologies for the Verification of Origin of Dairy Products as an Example Control System to Enhance Global Trade and Food Safety

Open for proposals

Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code

D52038

CRP

1982

Approved Date

08.02.2013

Status

3 - Active - Ongoing

Start Date

13.09.2013

Expected End Date

30.06.2019

Participating Countries

Argentina
Bangladesh
China
Lebanon
Lithuania
Morocco
New Zealand
Poland
Russian Federation
Singapore
Slovenia
Sri Lanka
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United States of America

Description

This CRP will address some of the challenges that developing countries are facing in ensuring food traceability.  It will develop a complete end-to-end system using dairy milk as an example commodity.  This system will then be available as a template that can be transferred to other commodities as required. 

Objectives

To establish a coherent and sustainable system for the verification of the origin of a dairy products that will support the rapid tracking of contaminated and adulterated products and their removal from the food chain.

Specific objectives

A fast response network of experts who can be called upon to respond to a food-safety incident.

A TECDOC and other scientific publications.

A web-based repository of resources including data products and educational materials for provision to stakeholders, students, consumer organizations, etc.

Collection of background information (environmental “isoscapes” representing spatial and/or temporal variation in isotope ratios of key environmental substrates, e.g., precipitation, rocks, and soils) to inform sampling strategy.

Populating a database with commodity-specific information enabling the assessment of reference values and the associated uncertainty (dispersion), including analysis of geo-referenced samples and accessing quality-assured data stored elsewhere.

Validation of and training in analytical techniques for this purpose, including implementation of quality systems, reference materials, reporting procedures, etc.

The specific research objective is to develop and implement a sustainable (turn-key) system utilising nuclear techniques that permits the rapid verification of the origin of dairy products.

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