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Integrated monitoring and control of Toxoplasma gondii and Hepatitis E virus in food supply chains

The main objective of this project is to characterize the presence of emerging food-borne pathogens (in particular Toxoplasma gondii and hepatitis E virus) along the food chain, from the origin to the point of sale of the product. This project will provide a new framework for the monitoring, tracking and modelling of health risks associated with these microorganisms, and will develop new food control procedures throughout the food chain. 

Objectives:

  • Harmonization of the methodology for the detection and characterization of Toxoplasma gondii and hepatitis E virus.
  • Detection and characterization of Toxoplasma gondii and hepatitis E virus in wildlife.
  • Evaluation of the risk of survival of Toxoplasma gondii and hepatitis E virus in different stages of the pig production chain: farm, slaughterhouse and point of sale of meat products available for consumption.
  • Proposal for corrective measures and control methods for the management of risk associated with meat products.

Start date: September 17th, 2015

Head of the research line:
García Benzaquén, Nerea

VISAVET unit involved:

•  Neglected and Emerging Diseases Unit (NED)