Datum objave: 02.07.2008

Kategorija: Aktualno na Univerzi

National Veterinary Institute, Norway is planning to prepare a proposal for the SAFEFOODERANET call chemical food contaminants. They will focus on 2 aspects: The occurrence of the environmental contaminants PFOS and mycotoxins in sea food and farmed fish and is looking for slovenian partners for such a proposal.
 
They would plan to distribution studies of mycotoxins in fish and would like to have partners working with either: autoradiography in fish, production of radioactive labelled substances or immunohistochemistry in fish. The idea would be to study if mycotoxins present in the increasing proportion of ingrediants of plant origin present in fish feed are present in fish tissues intended for human consumption. Expertise in the field of mycotoxins would also be useful.
 
If these expertise is not available, institutes performing analyses of PFOS in fish and estimations of dietary intake by the population could also be of interest for the project.
 
any such institutes in Slovenia that would be interested in participating in such a research project should contact them.


Kontakt:

Gunnar Sundstol Eriksen

Head of Section of Toxicology

National Veterinary Institute, Norway

At the National Veterinary Institute of Norway, they have been working with the development of ELISA methods for the detection of traces of allergens in food since the year 2000. They are active in CEN; and have published methods for fish, shellfish, hazelnut, milk and lupin. For fish and lupin, their methods have been further developed into commercial kits by a >British company, Hallmark Inc. Members of their group have also been cited in the problem description in the present call:

'Standard universal methods to measure stable proteins or stable peptides should be defined to have the minimum coefficient of variations. The standards must be the main tool to define the sensitivity of the method in order to choose the more appropriate technology to reveal traces of allergens. A fine balance between simplicity and availability of the methodology and high sensitivity can be found with EIA-sandwich using monoclonal antibodies or EIA-inhibition techniques. Sensitivity values of methods should be sufficient to detect allergenic protein traces in foods at levels low enough to minimize the risk for allergic consumers (CK Faeste and C Plassen, J Immunol Method 2007; 329: 45-55).'


They have validated methods/polyclonal antibodies for the food allergens on the EU list which require listing on the label. In addition, they are currently working on LCMSMS as a confirmatory method for food allergens.
 
They are interrested in contributing to a project proposal with their experice, specially in LCMSMS and confirmatory methods, but also with antibodies and validated ELISA methods. If any of you are aware of scientists in your counties who are planning research proposals in this field for the deadline of 15th of September, they would be happy to get in contact.

A description of the LCMSMS method (cut from a resent research proposal to the Norwegian Research Council) is enclosed. Vedlegg anisakis (2) - A description of the LCMSMS method

Rok za prijavo: 15. September 2008

Kontakti:

Egaas, Eliann <>

Flaoyen, Arne<>,

Borsum, Jens <>