Brief Description of the Project

Development of a Digital Platform for management of microbiological, chemical and multi-spectral data of Food Safety and Quality 

The main objective of the EU co-funded project is the development of a web-platform, which will manage (based on Lab Information Management Systems) and process multi-variate data of microbial and chemical food safety, along with phenotypic and molecular fingerprints of pathogenic isolates. Ultimate goal is to assess the risk of consumers’ exposure to hazards and accurately track potential contamination sources (points of entry).

Specific objectives include:

• A (minimum of) 3-years baseline survey for safety of various foods produced by Greek Industries with high geographical coverage.

• Correlation of chemical and microbiological food safety with physico-chemical data and spatio-temporal distributions of microbial strains, through their genetic and phenotypic traits.

• The capacity of selective (based on year, hazard, product type and parameters, processing, origin, etc.) coupled with real time statistical processing by the user via descriptive and advanced multivariate statistics, e.g., PCA, PLSR and time series analysis and interactive graphical illustration of the statistical analysis outcome.

Expected results: Platform data will depict in time and space the safety of foods produced by the Greek Industry in comparison with global trends, so as to address the need for targeted corrective actions. Although in the first place, the dbase will refer to pre-defined microbial strains and chemical contaminants, it will be expandable by authorized users and capable of hosting additional foodborne hazards of biological (pathogens) or chemical (e.g., pesticides, heavy metals and mycotoxins) nature. ERGANAL laboratories will expand their services and will increase their customer list and competitiveness over other relevant laboratories at National or International level.

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