Past Projects

EuroFIR AISBL has been a partner in a variety of EU-funded projects. These projects cover risk-benefit analysis of food supplements containing non-nutritive bioactive compounds, food information and traceability in the food chain, and improving European nutrition through a fully evidence based profession of dietetics.

Aimed to develop and extend nutritional labelling software services for food manufacturers including SMEs.

The PD_manager project was set up with various objectives, such as modelling the behaviours of intended users of PD_manager (patients, caregivers, neurologists and other health-care providers), educate patients, caregivers and healthcare providers and to propose a set of unobtrusive, simple-in-use, co-operative, mobile devices that will be used for symptoms monitoring and collection of adherence data.

PRECIOUS provided a preventative care system (promoting healthy lifestyles) comprising of three components: (1) transparent sensors for monitoring user context and health indicators (e.g. food intake, sleep and activity); (2) individual virtual models that include health risks and desired behavioural changes; (3) state-of-the-art motivational techniques (e.g. gamification), which trigger feedback tools to promoting change and encouraging healthy conduct.

This project provided evidence to prevent vitamin D deficiency in Europe, and improve nutrition and public health through food. By establishing an internationally standardised analytical platform for 25OHD, ODIN measured the distribution of circulating 25OHD and described the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency amongst Europeans.

The European Commission-sponsored research, known as the Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management (iFAAM), produced a standardised management process for companies involved in food manufacturing. It also developed tools designed to enforce these regulations and produced evidence-based knowledge to inform new health advice on nutrition for pregnant women, babies and those with food allergies.

BACCHUS developed tools and resources facilitating the generation of robust and exploitable scientific evidence, which can be used to support cause-and-effect relationships between beneficial physiological effects related to cardiovascular health in humans and consumption of bioactive peptides and polyphenols.

TDS-Exposure focused on exposure to food contaminants including heavy metals, mycotoxins and persistent organic pollutants (POPs, e.g. polychlorinated biphenols), which pose a risk to human health and the environment, and estimated chronic exposure to pesticide residues in food as well as food additives intake.

QuaLiFY was driven by two aims, specifically utilisation of knowledge from Framework Programmes, and creation of new approaches for improving the health of EU citizens. Traditional public health campaigns have had little impact on compliance with dietary and lifestyle recommendations whilst personalised advice, individualised health and tailored goals are gaining acceptance.

The work programme of the EuroDISH consortium was designed along the ‘DISH’ model: ‘Determinants, Intake, Status, and Health’, which represented four key building blocks of the food and health research area and different stages of research infrastructure development. Determining what drives people’s food and lifestyle choices identifies the most promising options for change.

This was the first EC research project addressing the challenges with producing food low in fat (saturated and trans-fatty acids), salt and sugar from the processing side.

PlantLIBRA aimed to foster the safe use of food supplements containing plants or botanical preparations, by increasing science-based decision-making by regulators and food chain operators.

The theme of the network was Dietitians’ ensuring education, teaching and professional quality. EuroFIR AISBL was contributing to the application of innovative online tools for dietitians, training support and dissemination as part of the Continual Professional Development for dietitians in Europe.

The aim of the project was to showcase RFID technology to SMEs in the food & drink industry and to identify and trace food information to fulfill society’s needs. EuroFIR AISBL contributed to the business process identification in the SMEs participating in the pilots (e.g. fish and meat companies, winemakers and cheese producers), systems integration, provision of food data and information by linking to EuroFIR food information as well as the dissemination of results.