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SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01054

AcronymPestiSens

Proposal titleDevelopment of a test kit for the determination of pesticides in foodstuffs

AbstractIn order to take into consideration the consumer's growing concern in the area of food

safety, the objective of this project is therefore to develop a fast test kit with the aid of

which certain pesticides already present in the production process can be identified. This is

very important due to the increasing use of pre-mixed blends and the sometimes poor

declaration of the  contents on the packaging of raw materials in the food-processing

industry. This test kit can be used by the food industry as a  powerful tool for its own

quality control efforts as wel as by the food manufacturer or seller who would be able to test

the toxic  potential of food quickly and reliably. Better control of pesticides will allow

producers greater competitiveness and profitability.  The objective of the project is to

develop a simple, reliable and automated test kit for the detection of residual pesticides in  

foodstuffs on the basis of a cost-efficient immuno-sensor. This will provide the SME

food-processing industry, which itselfoften has no information about the pesticide

contamination of the cereals and fruits it has bought in from third parties, with anefficient

quality control instrument. Trifluoralin is foreseen as the first target. Trifuorain (synonyms

are Agriflan 24, Agreflan,  Crisalin, Digerman, Elancolan, Lilly 36352, Nitran, Olitref,

Trefanocide, Treficon,...

Key ActionQOL-1.   Key action Food, Nutrition and Health

Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorProf. Emídio GOMESCompany sizeS3

EGI - SOCIEDADE DE ENGENHARIA E GESTÃO DA QUALIDADE INDUSTRIAL,

LDA

Praceta Madre Deus, 52

4405-195 - Canelas - V. N. Gaia

Portugal

Phone: 351227124298

Fax: 351227124357

Email: egilab@mail.telepac.pt

Internet: http://sapp.telepac.pt/egi/

SME Proposer(s)

MICROVACUUM LTD.HungaryS2

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas

CommentsThe proposers are already in contact with the IRC Network in order to identify additional

partners with the relevant expertise to join the project as partner later on in Step 2

Last update18/6/2001

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