Research projects
Research and innovation are at the top of the EU's agenda for growth and jobs, this is why innovation has been placed at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy, with the Innovation Union as its flagship.
The European budget for innovation and research for agriculture and food production has been significantly increased. The meat industry has a role to play underlining the role of innovation while addressing its responsible policy of producing “more with less”, in accordance with the Europe 2020 strategy.

Current EU debates are taking place on the ways to enhance innovation and the translation of research results in the farming sector, as outlined in the Commission's CAP reform legislative proposals on 12 October 2011.

The European innovation partnership (EIP) will be implemented partly through the post-2013 Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), with specific funding available through the Rural Development (UECBV is active in the EU Advisory Group on Rural Development) policy on innovative actions for ‘operational groups’, involving farmers, advisors, researchers and enterprises. Against a backdrop of food security issues, the aim of the EIP is to target research and innovation to the challenge of producing more food in a sustainable manner.
Projects
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The project titled “Global solutions for slaughterhouses, meat processing plants and phytosanitary sector: treatment of category 3 animal wastes and production of high value products with biopesticide” (APTAR) is an European project funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Program focused in the development of research interesting for Associations of SMEs. Launched in January 2009 for three years, the APTAR project aims at developing a technique consisting in processing animal by-products (ABPs) into material with high added value that can be used in agronomy (fertilizing substances and pesticides). The project, supported by a budget of EUR 3 million, involves SME associations, meat and phytosanitary SMEs, teams of researchers/experts in biotechnology and agriculture from four countries i.e. Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, France. The principle rests upon enzymatic hydrolysis of by-products after grinding. At this stage, the study relates to Category 3 by-products. Please find here-after the link to the Minutes of the closing event: APTAR Closing Event 22 May 2012 Minutes UECBV contact informations Ingrid Morvan : imorvan@uecbv.eu
The aim of the MEATCOAT project is the development of a new bio-based antimicrobial edible coating for meat packaging that can improve the integrity and safety of fresh products and replace part of the less efficient and recyclable plastic packaging used today. Moreover, the developed coating will be able to increase shelf‐life of fresh meat and meat products due to its antimicrobial behaviour. The creation of a protective skin film barrier on the food surface will slow down the oxidation processes and will avoid the bacterial growth in the meat surface, enabling an enhanced preservation and quality of the food and safety in the consumer. This edible film will be developed from selected natural compounds which constitute an inexpensive and reliable source of raw material for the formulation of edible coatings.
UECBV is consortium member of this 3 years project which is part of “Research for the benefit of SMEs FP7-2013” - Innovative Packaging for the Detection of Fresh Meat Quality and Prediction of Shelf-Life. The primary market will be focused on bovine meat in Europe, but potential applications to poultry and other meats are expected. The proposed system will consist of a passive array of sensors easily embedded within the package at low cost via printing. An external reader will power the sensors and will correlate the different parameters measured in the headspace in order to determine the real state and properties of the meat. Using this information, the system will be able to determine the remaining shelf life of the product according to existing safety regulations. You may like to know that a workshop took place on 15th September in order to present the results of the project and to look for the way forward. The report of the workshop is available HERE Also, a video presented the project and its main outcomes is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJUj_-XftCE For the leaflet: Click HERE Learn more: http://www.toxdtect.eu/
In July 2017, the consortium Water2REturn coordinated by BIOAZUL launched a new project that will demonstrate the technological and economic viability of recovering and recycling nutrients from slaughterhouse residues, transforming them in to high value products with a wide range of agricultural applications. In an increasingly robust EU circular economy, nutrients and bio-stimulants coming from livestock represent a significant added value; W2R is an initiative which aims to promote the use of nitrate and phosphate compounds recovered from the livestock value chain as organic fertiliser. In addition, an innovative fermentative process involving the hydrolysation of the sludge will allow the production of biostimultants. This process is complemented by proven technologies such as biological aeration systems, membrane technologies, anaerobic processes for bio-methane production and algal technologies, all of which are combined in an integrated monitoring control tool that will improve the quality of data on nutrient flows. The project promotes synergies between food production and sustainable agriculture, and proposes innovative business models which will open up new market opportunities for European industries and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Using the experience of research centres, universities and private sector stakeholders, the coalition will help provide European society with a concrete solution to reduce livestock sector waste, in particular at slaughterhouse level. Water2Return is a consortium made up of 15 members.  This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 - Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) - Grant Agreement N°: 730398 . Structure of the consortium:  Bioazul S.L. (BIOAZUL), ES - CoordinatorUniversity of Seville (USE), ESUniversity of Cadiz (UCA), ESFoundation Centre for the New Water Technologies (CENTA), ESAgroindustrial Kimitec (KIMITEC), ES AlgEn, Algal Technology Centre, d.o.o. (ALGEN), SL University of Ljubljana (UL), SLSlorom Srl (SLOROM), ROEnco Consulting Srl (ENCO), IT2B Srl (2B), ITEuropean Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV), BE Isitec GmbH (ISITEC), DEExergy Ltd (EXERGY), UKEUROPEAN LANDOWNERS ORGANIZATION (ELO), BE To learn more: water2return.eu

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