With twenty international partners, from fifteen European and non-European countries, and a budget of five million Euros, the highest ever allocated in Europe, there are great research expectations within the OLEUM project.
OLEUM was funded by the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020), as part of the second challenge for society and the bio-economy.
Europe is moving to ensure the quality and authenticity of the oil from olives which is increasingly becoming a victim of fraud. To combat this, the project consists of four main areas of action: legislative and normative, analytical, harmonization, and consumer and market confidence
The European project H2020 OLEUM officially opened with the kick off meeting on 13 and 14 October 2016 and will have a duration of four years. Involving twenty international partners, from fifteen European and non-European countries, has a budget of five million Euros, the highest ever allocated in Europe on this line of research.
The international research and industrial partners share their expertise on the analysis of food, food law, industrial engineering, bioinformatics and communication.
Europe is currently the largest producer of oil from olives, however, many countries outside Europe are expanding their production and are increasing their competitiveness in the global market. The peculiar sensory characteristics and nutritional effects make the benefits of olive oil, in particular that of highest quality, that is, the extra virgin, a "target" sensitive to fraud: the lack of effective analytical methods and harmonized throughout the world to locate, it is a perfect place for those who profit from the illegal production and a loss for Europe both commercially and on the reputation of the agro-food chain.
The fraud on the oil currently affect a product symbol, the archetype of the culinary and nutritional qualities of the Mediterranean diet.
In the four years of the project it proposes research to develop new analytical methods and revise some existing ones to detect fraud on the oil from olives and assess quality and authenticity by sharing the results achieved through the creation of a database (OLEUM DATABANK) and a network of laboratories / research institutions / companies in the oil sector (OLEUM NETWORK).
Fera are important stakeholders within this extensive R&D project. This is due to our world-leading food analysis capabilities which are vital to detect and quantify levels of food adulteration. Our collective experts have decades of food analysis experience to draw upon to protect consumers and suppliers from fraudulent olive oils.
To learn more about our role in this project do not hesitate to get in contact with us.
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18 May 2017