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CampyFood - A Molecular Safety Approach for Campylobacter

  • Published 23/02/2007
  • Last updated 20/05/2011
Background The scope of the joint Nordic project was to harmonize ongoing research among the five participating Nordic laboratories through exchange of research personnel, internet homepage, integrated research projects, newsletters and workshops in order to prevent duplication of work and to ensure synergies.

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The overall objectives and achievements of the project have been:

  • to implement novel molecular techniques in food safety
  • to accurately detect and quantify virulent Campylobacter spp. in food samples and
  • to generate a better under-standing of the virulence-determinant expression of food-borne pathogens in food matrices as a step towards formulating new strategies for food safety and hazard characterization with regard to quantitative risk assessment
Furthermore, implementation of effective control measures in primary production and further processing requires knowledge about the quantity of campylobacter’s at various stages throughout the entire production chain.

The network activities have also generated an internet homepage (www.campyfood.org), newsletters, workshops, and a mobility programme which has so far involved eight exchanges, contributing to a closer collaboration between the CampyFood members. The mobility programme will end August 2007.

The workshops have been open for attendance outside the CampyFood project for representatives from the food industry in the Nordic countries, private and governmental laboratories, food control authorities and companies marketing technologies for nucleic based analysis.

The workshops have summarized the state-of-the-art for virulent Campylobacter spp., disseminated results obtained within the project, presented the developed molecular methods, and discussed the implementation of results.
Project website: www.campyfood.org

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