FUNDING AGENCY: European Union- Project FP7-KKBE-311820
DURATION: 2013-2017
COORDINATOR: Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), Portugal
LEAD RESEARCHER AT ICETA: Sara Cunha, PhD

Description:
Seafood has been recognized as a high quality, healthy and safe food item. Yet, some seafood can accumulate environmental contaminants with potential impact on human health. Limited information is available for those without maximum limits set by authorities for seafood, like priority contaminants, biotoxins from harmful algal blooms and marine litter. ECsafeSEAFOOD aims to asses safety issues mainly related to non-regulated priority contaminants and evaluate their impact on public health. ICETA is deeply involved in two work packages, WP2 and WP3. WP2 deals with the evaluation of the presence of environmental contaminants in seafood and studies about the effects of processing and cooking on contaminants fate. Within the scope WP3 ICETA will be responsible for the development of mitigation strategies able to be implemented in the aquaculture practice to reduce the impact of risk hazards on human health. Impact The ECsafeSEAFOOD project will add to ensure availability of safe, high quality seafood to the European consumers. Also positive economic effects are expected as a result of increasing seafood consumption due to higher awareness and confidence in these products in Europe. ECsafeSEAFOOD will have tangible impacts in terms of European competitiveness and innovation particularly of food-producing SMEs and local communities.

Participants:
•Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), Portugal•Fundacion Azti, Spain
•University Mariboru, Slovenya
•Univerity Gent, Belgium
•Veterinaerinstituttet, Norway
•Institu Catala de Recerca de l'Aigua Fundacio Privada, Spain
•Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark
•Eigen Vermogen van het Instituut voor Landbouw en Visserijonderzoek, Belgium
•ICETA - Instituto de Ciencias e Tecnologias Agrarias e Agro-Alimentares, Portugal
•Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek, The Netherlands
•Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
•Aeiforia Srl, Italy
•AquaTT UETP Ltd, Ireland
•Agence pour la Recherche et la Valorisation Marine, France
•Norway King Crab AS, Norway
•Polyintell SAS, France
•Hortimare, The Netherlands
•Dan Salmon, Denmark

More info: www.ecsafeseafood.eu