Advanced solutions for assuring the overall authenticity and quality of olive oil

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The OLEUM project will generate novel, more effective and harmonized analytical solutions to detect and fight the most common and emerging frauds and to verify the overall quality of olive oils (OOs). By a core group of 20 partners from 15 countries OLEUM will undertake RESEARCH ACTIVITIES based on the development of IMPROVED and NEW ANALYTICAL METHODS by targeted and omics approaches with the aim: i) to detect new markers of the soft deodorization process; ii) to discover illegal blends between OOs and other vegetable oils; iii) to control OO quality (e.g. freshness); iv) to improve the organoleptic assessment with a Quantitative Panel Test, based on current official methods, and supported by tailored reference materials for better calibration of the sensory panel coupled with rapid screening tools to facilitate the work of the panelists. The most promising OLEUM solutions will be subjected to VALIDATION in conformity with internationally agreed standards by peer laboratories. OLEUM will recreate a realistic “deodorization scenario” by producing tailored, soft deodorized OOs by lab-scale and up-scaled pilot plants to apply analytical solutions to known samples. Substantial KNOWLEDGE and TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER activities are envisaged to aid in implementation of: a) a web-based easily-accessible, scalable and constantly updated OLEUM DATABANK, containing all the information from OLEUM research and other reliable international sources, will be available for download data and spectra and to help achieve satisfactory standardization of analytical approaches among control laboratories; b) the OLEUM NETWORK of relevant OOs stakeholders to maximize the impact of proposed analytical solutions. Finally, a robust dissemination strategy by the OLEUM project aimed at effectively sharing results with all stakeholders in the OO supply chain has the potential to improve consumer and market confidence, and preserve the image of OOs on a global scale.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Tullia Gallina Toschi

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Energia Elettrica e dell'Informazione "Guglielmo Marconi"

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna(Italy)

Other Participants:
EUROPEAN COMMISSION - JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE Directorate F-Health, Consumers and Reference Materials (Belgium)
NESTEC Ltd (Switzerland)
Consejo Nacional De Investigaciones (Argentina)
European Food Information Council (Belgium)
LABLICATE GmbH (Germany)
Institut Za Poljoprivredu I Turizam (Croatia)
Università  degli Studi di PERUGIA (Italy)
Smart Assays Biotechnologies Ldt (Israel)
Università  degli Studi di UDINE (Italy)
Fera Science Limited (Fera) Ltd (United Kingdom)
Institut Des Corps Gras (France)
Stichting Effost (Netherlands)
Universitat De Barcellona (Spain)
UP FAMNIT - University of Primorska - Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (Slovenia)
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (Csic) (Spain)
China National Research Institute Of Food And Fermentation Industries Soe (China)
Aristotele University Of Thessaloniki (Greece)

Third parties:
Centre Technique de l’Olivier-CTO (France)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 4.878.860,87
Project Duration in months: 54
Start Date: 01/09/2016
End Date: 28/02/2021

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Zero hunger This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 635690