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FIRM Funded Food Safety Projects

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PROJECT TITLE
COLLABORATING INSTITUTIONS
PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR
PROJECT STATUS
FINAL REPORT
A rapid robust DNA assay for detecting prohibited animal materials in feedstuffs. TCD Mr.Dan Bradley, Dept of Genetics, Smurfit Institute, Trinity College Dublin 2 Complete  
A risk assessment on verocytotoxigenic E coli (including E coli 0157:H7) in processed beef products. Teagasc AFRC , UCD Dr.G.Duffy,Teagasc,The National Food Centre,Dunsinea,Castleknock,Dublin 15. Complete  
Advanced systems for the rapid detection of anti-parasitic drugs in food. DCU, TAFRC Dr Martin Danaher, Food Safety Department, The National Food Centre, Ashtown Dublin 15 Ongoing  
Analysis of the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance food consumption database for issues relating to food safety and nutrition. TCD, UCC Professor M.J.Gibney,Unit of Nutrition and Dietetics,Department of Clinical Medicine,Trinity College Medical School, St.James Hospital, Dublin 8. Complete  
Anti-microbial agents (bacteriophage and bacteriocins) for control of verocytotovigenic E. coli at key stages in the beef chain Teagasc AFRC, MFRC Dr. Geraldine Duffy, The National Food Centre, Teagasc, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland Ongoing  
Assessment of a novel real-time PCR test for the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in foods NUIG Dr. Majella Maher,The National Diagnostics Centre National University of Galway Galway Complete FINAL REPORT
Automated diagnostic tests for foodborne pathogens. AFRC,NUIG Dr.G.Duffy,Teagasc,The National Food Centre,Dunsinea,Castleknock,Dublin 15. Complete  
BACSAFE: elimination of foodborne pathogens using bacteriocins. Teagasc MFRC, UCC Dr.Colin Hill,Department of Microbiology,University College Cork,Cork. Complete  
BACTOOL: Bacteriocins as biological tools for food improvement Teagasc MFRC, UCC Dr.Paul Ross,Teagasc,Dairy Products Research Centre,Moorepark,Fermoy,Co.Cork. Complete  
BIA-SLAN: Bioactive Ingredients from Algal Sources - novel Antimicrobial tools to limit Campylobacter infection of poultry NUIG, Athlone IT Dr. Cyril Carroll,NUI Galway, University Road, Galway Ongoing  
BIOCONTROL: bioactive ingredients for the control of undesirable bacteria in ready-to-eat foods. Teagasc MFRC, UCC Professor Colin Hill, Microbiology Dept, University College Cork, Cork. Ongoing  
Contribution of stress responses to the virulence potential of listeria monocytogenes in Irish foods. UCC, UL Dr.Colin Hill,Microbiology Department,University College Cork,Cork. Complete  
Control of blown pack spoilage in vacuum packaged beef. Teagasc AFRC Dr.Declan Bolton, Teagasc, The National Food Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15 Ongoing  
Defining the critical limits for the use of chilling as a critical control point in a beef HACCP plan. Teagasc AFRC, UCD Dr.James Sheridan,Teagasc,The National FoodCentre,Dunsinea,Castleknock,Dublin 15. Complete  
Detection and surveillance of Enterobacter sakazakii along the infant formula food chain. Teagasc AFRC, MFRC, UCD Professor Seamus Fanning, Center for Food Safety, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. Ongoing  
Detection and survival of Mycobacterium avium subsp Paratuberculosis. (M. ptb). CVRL, NUIG, TMFRC, UCC Ms Majella Maher,The National Diagnostics Centre,National University of Ireland,Galway. Complete  
Developing a stakeholders guide on the vulnerability of food and feed chains to dangerous agents and substances. UCD Professor Shane Ward, Biosystems Engineering, University College Dublin, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 Ongoing  
Development and evaluation of sensitive methods for the detection of human food borne viruses (NLV's and Astrovirus) in human and farm animal foods and faeces. UCC, UCD Dr.John Morgan,Department of Microbiology, University College Cork, Cork. Complete  
Development and optimisation of a high-intensity pulsed electric field system for the treatment of heat-sensitive drinks and liquid feeds destined for high-risk patients in the healthcare environment Athlone IT Dr. Paul Tomkins,Athlone Institute of Technology,Dublin Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath Ongoing  
Development of a protocol for biometric based animal tracking and tracing (Bio Track). UCD Professor Shane Ward, Biosystems Engineering, University College Dublin, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 Ongoing  
Development of a technique to determine the influence of aerial contamination on beef, pork and lamb carcases during slaughter. Teagasc AFRC Dr.Declan Bolton, Teagasc, The National Food Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15 Ongoing  
Development of food consumption databases for risk assessment of food borne chemicals, packaging materials and food fortification in Irish children and adolescents. TCD, UCC Professor Albert Flynn, Dept of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Cork. Ongoing  
Development of PCR assays to detect and characterise salmonella isolates from milk, cheese and meat products by utilizing and integrated genomics approach CIT, UCC Dr.F.Jerry Reen, Department of Microbiology, UCC, Cork. Complete FINAL REPORT
Development of rapid nucleic acid based methods and demonstration of equivalence with cultural techniques for assessing compliance with forthcoming EU microbiological criteria for fresh meat carcasses. NUIG, TAFRC, UCC, UCD Dr. Geraldine Duffy, The National Food Centre, Teagasc, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland Complete  
Efficacy of ozone and ultrasound for retention of quality and microbial reduction in fruit juice DIT, UCD Dr. P J Cullen,School of Food Science And Environmental Health,DIT, Marlborough St. Dublin 1 Ongoing  
Efficient cooling of ready meals and ready meal componentsto improve safety quality and competitiveness. Teagasc AFRC , UCD Dr.Da-Wen Sun,Department of Agriculture and Food Engineering,UCD,Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Complete  
Electroheat applications for meat processing: ohmic pasteurisation and radio frequency defrosting of meat and meat products. UCD Dr. James Lyng, Dept of Food Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 Ongoing  
Enhanced traceability of the poultry meat chain using biometrics and e-tracking technology (Avian Bio Track) UCD Professor Shane Ward,Biosystems Engineering,UCD,Earlsfort Tce,Dublin 2 Ongoing  
Evaluating the potential of Ohmic and radio frequency heating technologies for the production of high quality meat based consumer foods. Teagasc AFRC, UCD Dr.James Lyng, Department of Food Science, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4 Complete  
Evaluation and application of lactic acid bacteria to improve the quality and safety of the malting and brewing process. UCC Dr.Elke Arendt,Department of Food Science and Food Technology and Nutrition,UCC,Cork. Complete  
Expression of interest from UCD seeking support for the preparation of a strep under FP6. Impact of animal feed on human health. UCD Professor Shane Ward, Biosystems Engineering, UCD, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Ongoing  
Expression of interest from UCD seeking support for the preparation of a strep under FP6. White clover rhizobium, low n-fertiliser inputs. UCD Dr.Michael Ryan, Dept of Zoology, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. Ongoing  
Functional immunogenomics in the chicken: relevance to campylobacter jenuni infection. TCD, UCD Professor Cliona O'Farrelly, Professor of Immunology, School of Biochemistry and Biology, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2. Ongoing  
Funding towards the co-ordination of an integrated project in theme area 5 - Food quality and safety of FP6 - Milk bioactives Teagasc MFRC Dr. R. Paul Ross, Teagasc, Dairy Products Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork Ongoing  
HACCP implementation in Irish beef abattoirs TAFRC, FSAI Dr.Declan J.Bolton,Food Safety Department,The National Food Centre,Dunsinea,Castleknock, Dublin 15. Complete  
Identification of genes responsible for natural host resistance to Campylobacter colonisation - tools to identify and breed genetically resistant chickens TCD, UCD Dr. Kieran Meade,2nd Floor,Education and Research St. Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park,Dublin 4 Ongoing  
Improvement in safety and shelf life of minimally processed foods by plant essential oils and anti-microbial peptides DIT, LIT, UL Dr. Paula Bourke, School of Food Science and Environmental Health, Faculty of Tourism and Food, DIT, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 1. Ongoing  
Improving the safety of beef and beef products for the consumer in production and processing. Teagasc AFRC D Troy, The National Food Centre, Ashtown Dublin 15 Ongoing  
Investigating the molecular basis of cross-protection from stresses in food of spoilage and pathogenic microbes NUIG, UCC Dr. John Morrissey,Department of Microbiology, University College Cork Cork Ongoing  
Investigation of factors affecting salmonella control programmes in pork. NUIG, UCD, CVRL Nola Leonard,Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology,Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UCD,Belfield, Dublin 4. Complete  
Investigation of the modes of transmission of thermophillic campylobacter in commercially produced broiler flocks and strategies for their prevention and control. UCD, NUIG Dr.Cyril Carroll,Department of Microbiolofy,National University of Ireland,Galway. Complete  
Investigations to establish the emergence of a new cytotoxic pathogen associated with cattle in Ireland Teagasc AFRC, UCD Dr.Declan Bolton, Food Safety Department, Ashtown Food Research Center, Ashtown, Dublin 15 Ongoing  
MAPSAFE:Bioprotectants to control the emerging foodborne pathogen Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP) UCC Dr. Paul Cotter, Microbiology Dept., University College Cork Ongoing  
Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in pigs: investigation of an emerging pathogen of public health significance UCD Dr. Nola Leonard, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology,Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UCD,Belfield, Dublin 4. Ongoing  
MILK0BAR: applications of high pressure for enhanced processing, safety and functionality of dairy products. Teagasc MFRC, UCC Dr. Alan Kelly, Dept of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Cork. Ongoing  
Molecular approaches to protect Irish consumers from exposure to Mycotoxins from foods and animal feed sources UCC, UCD Dr. Alan Dobson, Microbilogy Dept. and Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork,Lee Road ,Cork Ongoing  
Mycotoxigenic fungi and mycotoxins in food. Teagasc AFRC, UCC Dr.Michael O'Keeffe, Teagasc, The National Food Centre, Dunsinea, Castleknock, Dublin 15. Complete  
National Food Consumption databases for food safety and nutrition UCC, UCD, TAFRC, UU Prof Albert Flynn, Dept of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Cork. Ongoing  
National Food Residue Database Teagasc AFRC, UCD Dr. Michael O Keefe,Ashtown Food Research Centre,Teagasc,Dunsinea, Ashtown , Dublin 15 Ongoing  
National food residue database. Teagasc AFRC Dr.M.O'Keeffe,Teagasc, The National Food Centre, Dunsinea, Castleknock, Dublin 15. Complete  
Novel nutritional approaches to salmonella reduction in pigs. Teagasc MFRC, UCC, UCD Dr.Paul Ross,Teagasc,Dairy Products Research Center,Moorepark,Fermoy,Co.Cork. Complete  
Novel physical chemical methodologies for the detection of transmissable spongiform encephalopathies. UCD Dr.Torres Sweeney, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, UCD, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Complete  
Occurrence of salmonella on pork on the island of Ireland and an assessment of the risk factors contributing to its transmission. Teagasc AFRC Dr. Geraldine Duffy, The National Food Centre, Teagasc, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland Ongoing  
Phytosterol oxides: a complete individual toxicological profile UCC Dr. Florence McCarthy,Dept. of Chemistry and Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility (ABCRF), University College Cork, Western Road, Cork Ongoing  
Prevalence and characterisation of listeria spp. isolated primarily from foods of animal origin in Ireland UCD, WIT Dr. Margery Godinho, Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford. Ongoing  
Prevalence and characterisation of Yersinia enterocolitica in animal populations in Ireland CCC,UCC, UCD Professor Seamus Fanning, Center for Food Safety, Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. Ongoing  
Prevalence and epidemiology of emergent strains of verocytotoxigenic escherichia coli (0157, 026 and 0111) in Irish food animals at the preharvest and harvest levels of the food chain Cork County Council, TAFRC, TMFRC, UCD Dr.Paul Whyte,Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. Ongoing  
Public health significance of emergent campylocabter and acrobacter spp in the Irish Food Chain TAFRC.Public Health South West Area Dr. Geraldine Duffy, The National Food Centre, Teagasc, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland Ongoing  
Rapid detection of antibiotic residues in milk using disposable bio-chip sensors. DCU, UCC Professor R.O'Kennedy, National Centre for Sensor Research and School of Biotechnology, DCU, Dublin 9. Complete  
Rapid methods for detection of anti-protozoan drugs DCU, TAFRC Professor Richard O Kennedy, School of Biotechnology, Dublin City University, Glasnevin,Dublin 9 Ongoing  
Regulation of the acid tolerance response in Salmonella species and its effect on dietary control measures in cattle and pigs Teagasc AFRC, UCD Dr. Declan Bolton,Ashtown Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15 Ongoing  
Safe and healthy foods AFRC, AFBI, CIT, QUB,UCD,MFRC, UUJ, UCC Dr Martin Danaher, Food Safety Department, The National Food Centre, Ashtown Dublin 15 Ongoing  
Safety and nutritional quality of the diets of Irish children and adolescents. UCD, TCD,UCC Professor Michael J.Gibney, Professor of Food and Health, School of Agriculture,Food and Veterinary Medicine, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. Ongoing  
Shining light on food microbiology UCC Prof.Colin Hill,Department of Microbiology,University College Cork,Cork. Ongoing  
Surveillance and epidemiology of antibiotic resistance in campylobacter, salmonella and E coli 0157:H7. CIT, NUIG, TAFRC Ms Majella Maher, The National Diagnostics Centre,BioResearch Ireland,National University of Ireland,Galway. Complete  
Technologies and Systems to Enhance Poultry Safety and Quality TAFRC, NUIG, UCD Dr. Declan Bolton, Ashtown Food Research Centre,Teagasc,Dunsinea, Ashtown , Dublin 15 Ongoing  
The development of a longitudinal monitor of perceived risks from food in the Republic of Ireland UCD Professor Patrick Wall,UCD School of Public Health and Population Science,UCD, Belfield,Dublin 4 Ongoing  
The impact on product quality of using high voltage pulsed electric fields in hurdle strategies for the preservation of minimally processed non-alcoholic beverages. UCD Dr. James Lyng, Dept of Food Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 Complete  
Toxoplasma gondii in meat and meat products:detection & risk assessment UCD Dr. Theo de Waal,School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine,Veterinary Science Centre,Belfield ,Dublin 4 Ongoing  
Verocytotoxigenic E coli 0157:H7V isolates from food animals and humans : DNA profiling and screening of the gene products in human intestinal tissue for assessment of the invasive and toxigenic potential of isolates of different origin. Teagasc AFRC, UCD Dr.Torres Sweeney, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, UCD, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Complete  
Zoonotic potential of Rotaviruses; characterisation of rotavirus implicated in human and animal disease and detection in food stuffs CIT, UCC,UCD Dr. Helen O'Shea, Department of Biological Services, Cork Institute of Technology, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Co.Cork. Ongoing  

Should you require further information on any of the projects listed above, please send an email to research@agriculture.gov.ie