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Validation and Standardization of PCR-Based Methods for Detection and Quantitative Risk Assessment of Foodborne Pathogens (Food-PCR 2)

Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
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The overall objective of this project was to facilitate implementation of PCR-based methods, such as real-time PCR or microarray-PCR, for both the detection and verification of food-borne pathogens, through harmonization and standardization of methods in Europe. This was achieved by:
  • Real-time PCR protocols
  • Establishment of European working groups.
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Contribution to the preparation of standard (CEN) documents.
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    This was an extension of the 5th FP consortium project, Food-PCR. The target micro-organisms were thermotolerant Campylobacter spp., Salmonella enterica and foodborne viruses. The work involved establishment of European working groups, a PCR database, contribution to the preparation of European draft standards in collaboration with European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) Workgroups, hands-on workshops for harmonisation of methodologies, standard operating procedures for collaborative trials, and the exchange of scientists and students.

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    Risk Assessment, Management, and Communication