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Acronym for: Tracing the origin of food
Contract No: FP6-2003-FOOD-2-A. Proposal no. 006942
Duration: 01.01.2005-31.12.2009 (60 months)
Partners, ~19 Mio. €
Organisation: European Commission Research Project
Quality and Safety
http://www.bats.ch/trace/ and the Molecular Biology Database (BATS part)
Involved BATS-scientists: Jakob Lindenmeyer, Tobias Krais,
Project description: TRACE aims to improve the health and
well-being of European citizens by developing specific traceability systems
that will trace the origin of food and animal feed products. This will enhance
consumer confidence in the authenticity of food. Natural tracers such as trace
elements, ratios of heavy (geo) and light (bio) isotopes and genetic markers
will be measured to determine geographical, species and production origin.
The project will focus on meat, cereals, honey, olive oil and mineral water.
Particular attention will be paid to commodities labelled as "Designated Origin"
and "Organic". TRACE will develop and draft standardized XML-schemes for coding
and information exchange and establish "Good Traceability Practice".