Feasibility study for the development of algal markers for the traceability of raw materials for bulk food.


Growing consumer demands for food safety and traceability are increasing the need for businesses to master the bulk of food. To do this, it is therefore necessary to have tools to appreciate this control for their productions. These tools must be compatible (and therefore non-toxic) in terms of food. In this context, the use of algae, as markers of traceability measures, could prove to be an innovative method, applicable to the entire industrial sector of bulk food. The objectives of this project are to identify algae that can serve as a marker or having a marking capacity of raw materials, used in the fields of bulk food (milling, semolina, animal nutrition …) and to test and/ or develop marking techniques for raw materials and / or quantitative analyzes.
The potential of this new type of algal markers would be enable the industrialists of the targeted sectors, to study the residence time distributions of raw materials in the silos and in the factories, as well as to locate the residues depots according to the type of process (storage, handling and transformation).
These levers thus make it possible to better control various contaminations (for example : GMOs, mycotoxins, pesticides) in order to improve the traceability of batches of raw materials.

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Tremplin Carnot AgriFood Transition


2017 – 2019