Final FEED-CODE project meeting in Rome

21st January 2016
On the 21st January 2016 the FEED-CODE project consortium met for the final FEED-CODE project meeting in Rome, Italy. Among many topics discussed during the one-day meeting, project partners organised the final management of the project and debated the exploitation and dissemination of FEED-CODE beyond the end of the project.



Launch of the FEED-CODE web-based survey

December 2015
In December 2015, the Feed-Code web-based survey was launched, and ran until the end of January 2016. The survey assessed the usability and applicability of the FEED-CODE technological solutions for the application fields of the technology. Additionally the online questionnaire aimed to identify the actual obstacles affecting the current regulatory compliance. The online questionnaire complimented a longer hard-copy questionnaire with similar objectives. The online questionnaire was prepared in cooperation with TI.



FEED-CODE Demonstration Sessions

November 2015
In November 2015, three Feed-Code demonstration sessions were held across Europe by the Feed-Code consortium partners. The first demonstration session was held in Sofia, Bulgaria on the 13th November 2015. Next, the second demonstration session was held in Rome, Italy on the 26th November 2015. Finally, the last demonstration session was held in Brussels, Belgium on the 30th November 2015. At each demonstration session the FEED-CODE demonstration video was shown to meeting participants. The demonstration video is available to view here.




The first demonstration session was organised by AMBP on the 13th November 2015 during the Meatmania Exhibition, Pirin Hall – Inter Expo Centre, Sofia. The session was attended by 27 representatives of pig and poultry farms, which handle fodder mills, as well as from laboratories for fodder control in the Bulgarian Food Safety Authority and the University of Food Technology.  After video and powerpoint presentations, sample questionnaires were handed out and before participants filled in the questionnaires online. A total of 18 questionnaires were completed. The demonstration session was very successful, especially considering that Professor Angel Angelov and his team from the Biotechnological department in the Centre for Food Quality and Safety Education also attended the session and were very interested in the results of the project and requested further information.


The second demonstration session was organised by AèV at the CIA headquarters on the 26th November 2015. The event involved representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, feed producers, members of CIA, PDO food products Consortia (Parma Ham Consortia, Grana Padano Consortia), Assalzoo, external certification bodies, Assica, Assolatte and laboratory team members. Surveys were distributed to each participant at the beginning of the session, and collected at the end. During the session Diego Breviario (CNR) presented a short video on FEED-CODE and the FEED-CODE method. Once most had completed the questionnaires, Matteo Ansanelli (AèV) chaired a question and answer session. The demonstration was very successful, with much discussion and feedback gained from the participants. Furthermore, AèV recorded a video-interview about the meeting, which is available to view on their website.


CEJA organised a FEED-CODE demonstration session at the CEJA Working Group on the 30th November 2015, in Brussels, Belgium. CEJA working groups feature young farmer delegates from CEJA Member Organisations from around Europe and focus on current challenges and issues that young farmers face which CEJA is addressing at the time. The November 2015 CEJA Working Group comprised of the CEJA Presidency, 23 young farmer representatives from across Europe in addition to CEJA Secretariat staff members. CEJA staff presented the FEED-CODE project and the questionnaire itself to the Working Group participants through the use of a short video as well as a presentation, followed by a short question and answer session, before the distribution of the questionnaires for participants to complete. The session was very successful with one young farmer delegate from each of the CEJA Member Organisations present at the Working Group completing the questionnaire. In total 10 completed questionnaires were received.

FEED-CODE at Expo 2015 in Milan

9th September 2015
In September, Feed-Code was again disseminated at Expo 2015 in Milan. This second presentation of Feed-Code at the expo was organised by CIA and additionally involved AèV and CNR representatives.




“Setting a model for a sustainable dairy chain” Conference

22nd July 2015
At Expo 2015 in Milan Feed-Code and its results were presented at the conference entitled “Setting a model for a sustainable dairy chain” in the Palazzo Italia. The event was organised by CNR with the direct involvement of CPR and FAI, and Labor as an attending partner.




Feed-Code presented at Round-Table on “Labelling of Meat and Meat Products”

5th March 2015
Experts from UECBV, Veterinary experts from Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Bulgarian Food Safety Agency and experts from Meat Company were all present at this particular event where feed-code was presented. Over 50 participants attended the event. [Photos to follow soon.] This was followed by an the “FOOD TECH” exhibition held in Plovdiv on 8 March which also saw a Feed-Code booth and the dissemination of its communication materials.


Feed-Code project dissemination at CEJA Working Group

16th December 2014
At the European Council of Young Farmers’ (CEJA) Working Group in Brussels, Belgium, the Feed-Code project and its results were disseminated. Representatives from 19 CEJA Member Organisations attended the Working Group.


Italian TV Reportage on Feed-Code

5th October 2014
The project Feed Code has been the main theme of the reportage realized by Italian TV RAI -TgR Lombardia.feed tgr
The objectives and results of the project were presented by Dr. Diego Breviario and Dr.Luca Braglia ( IBBA-CNR).
Watch the video (from minute 8:17)


Article on Feed-Code in Conoscere per competere

October 2014
The magazine Conoscere per competere featured an article on the Feed-Code project in their October 2014 edition. Conoscere per competere has a circulation of 6,000 copies.


Feed-Code at Bruxelles Champêtre

21st September 2014
The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) participated in Bruxelles Champêtre on the 21st September 2014. The event was spread over 11 hectares and more than 3,000 visitors attended. CEJA disseminated the Feed-Code project and its results to the Bruxelles Champêtre visitors.


Feed-Code at Massey Ferguson’s Vision of the Future Conference in Beauvais, France

19-29th August 2014
During the Massey Ferguson Vision of the Future Conference in Beauvais, France, the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) disseminated the Feed-Code project and its results to conference visitors. 1,000 people per day visited the Vision of the Future Conference.


The Feed-Code Project on TV

July 2014
The Feed-Code Project was featured on a monthly TV news by CPR on six local TV channels as well as on the CPR website. The news edition comprised of an interview regarding a list of authorized feed producers and the Feed-Code Project itself.


Feed-Code at the Libramont Agri-Fair, Belgium

29th July 2014
The European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) disseminated the Feed-Code project and its results during the
Libramont Agri-Fair in Libramont, Belgium. Over 3,000 visitors attended the fair.


Feed-Code in Informatore Zootecnico

June 2014
Feed-Code was featured was featured inside Informatore Zootecnico, a paper on CPR activities regarding feed producers’ lists. This was a special edition on nutrition for dairy cows. The paper has 6,000 subscribers to date.


Feed-Code in Italian news

The Feed-Code project has been covered in a number of Italian media outlets – click on the images below for full versions.
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Periodic “L’allevatore magazine” n°8, 14th May 2014


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Periodic “Parmigiano Reggiano magazine” n° Jun/Jul 2014, special edition on feed producers involved in Parmigiano Reggiano production


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Periodic “Parmigiano Reggiano magazine” n° Jun/Jul 2014, special edition on feed producers involved in Parmigiano Reggiano production


First Review Meeting for Feed-Code

15th April 2014,

CEJA – Brussels

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The first Review Meeting took place in Brussels in Research Executive Agency on the 15th of April 2014. The internal Pre-Review Meeting was held on 14th and was hosted by CEJA partner in its Brussels-based office.
The meeting was carried out according to the schedule defined in the Agenda. The main goal of this meeting was to discuss the aspects related to the dissemination and exploitation activities.


Conference: innovation in agro food

22th January 2014,

Milan, Agro food innovation: research and business for EXPO 2015

On the 23rd January 2014 Palazzo REALE will host the convention “Innovazione nell’agroalimentare: ricerca e imprese verso EXPO 2015“ (“innovation in agro food: research and companies for EXPO 2015”), organized by the International scientific community for expo 2015. Representatives from the major Italian science and technology research institutes will participate in discussions about innovation and technology transfer, the specifics of the food supply chain and counterfeiting, with experts in the fields of: law, public administration and EXPO organizers.
The aim of the conference is to exhibit the best proposals and the most positive concepts that can be used as models on a national and international scale. Mario Lanzi, President of the Confederation of Italian Farmers in Lombardia, will speak about the FeedCode project during the afternoon session devoted to agro-food opportunities and restrictions.


Feed-Code General meeting

18 – 19 December 2013,

Romanian Meat Association (RMA) – Bucharest , Romania

The first General Meeting took place at Romanian Meat Association (RMA) in Bucharest on the 18th and 19th of December 2013 and it was carried out according to the schedule defined in the feedcode 1
The main goals of this meeting were the following:
 To provide partners with an overview about the current status of the project from both management and technical perspectives;
 To provide details about the research activities and the relative results achieved during the first year of the project in accordance to the specifications of RTD-to-AGs work, and including the progress status of deliverables planned. In this context, specific focused was devoted by the RTD Performers on the main outcomes obtained by analysis of the user requirements and definition of system specifications related to the Feed-Code platform (WP1), as well as the research and lab-testing’s activities performed within WP2 and WP3. Finally, a brief presentation was provided about the WP4 scope and main activities planned for the next months.
 To provide an overview about the main scope and activities to be implemented within WP7(mainly planned for the second project period), including an introduction of the External Advisor appointed and his proposal of activities plan for the prosecution of the project.
 To provide an overview and updates about the progress status of the dissemination and exploitation activities planned within WP8 framework.
 To coordinate all the activities required for the end of the first project period and, therefore, needed to prepare the First Review process in the most proper way (WP9).


Workshop: a genetic code to grant safety and quality of the dairy and meat productions

15th October 2013,

Milan, International Fair on research, innovation and food safety.

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The workshop was entirely dedicated to the dissemination of the FEEDCODE issues and preliminary results. Besides consumers, this workshop was participated and attended by representatives of important associations, companies and institutions, such as Assalzoo, the major association of Italian feed producers; Life Technologies Italy, interested in the technical aspects of the project; Parco Tecnologico Padano, interested in establishing collaborations.


The event has also been publicized in Taiwan and China thanks to the interest of Mr. Chieh-Yi Cheng, a correspondent of the Central News Agency, deeply interested in methods that can control feed composition fighting the numerous frauds that seem to be present in Asia (link: The workshop has also been the occasion for presenting a new method for meat traceability that have been developed in IBBA-CNR and can be coupled with the FEEDCODE analysis.


Speakers were Dr. Giorgio Recine, Labor srl, who illustrated the outline of the FEEDCODE project; Dr. Valentina Pizzamiglio, Consorzio del formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano, reporting about the features of the diet that must be provided to cows of the consortium and related regulatory issues ; Dr. Diego Breviario, IBBA-CNR; who gave a lecture on the scientific base of the TBP method; Dr. Floriana Gavazzi , IBBA-CNR, reporting the initial results of the projects obtained with the use of the CE-TBP technique and Dr. Silvia Gianì, IBBA-CNR, who introduced the new method applicable on meat. The workshop also hold a practical demonstration, provided by Dr. Luca Braglia IBBA-CNR, concerning the possibility of measuring the quantitative level of maize in a feed, done with digital PCR.


Conference ” La scienza è in tavola” ( Serving Science)

15th January 2013,

Milan, Italy Palazzo Lombardia

This conference has been focused on researches and initiatives that addressed the issue of food and feed certification and ingredients traceability. The scope was to inform the Italian producers, associations, institutions and the consumers offeedcode conference the possibility of controlling the food products sold in the market, fighting frauds and revealing contaminations. The aim , the perspectives, the research program of the FEEDCODE project were introduced to the audience by five different speakers , partners of the consortium.


Dr. Luca Braglia , IBBA-CNR, reported about the technical innovation introduced by the use of the TBP (Tubulin-Based-Polymorphism) method in the analysis of feed composition. Dr. Silvia Gianì, IBBA-CNR, gave a talk on the traceability in milk of DNA fragments of plant origin. Dr. Laura Morello, IBBA-CNR, illustrated the possibility of producing molecular probes to be used in qualitative and quantitative assays, Dr. Valentina Pizzamiglio, Consorzio del formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano, explained why the FEEDCODE project is of interest for the production of parmesan cheese and reported how cheese authenticity is actually controlled. Dr. Matteo Ansanelli, Agricoltura è Vita, gave a talk on the importance for farmers of the future availability of the FEEDCODE platform.


The conference was a success with the participation of almost 250 people representing the consumers and the stakeholders of several agri-food chains. An e-book (ISBN 9788880801498), Eds Diego Breviario and Martina zilioli, CNR Edizioni, reporting the major talks of the conference, including those inherent to FEEDCODE was also produced and can be found at this link :


Feed-Code Kick off meeting in Italy

10-11 January 2013,

Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori (CIA) – Rome, Italykom feedcode 3.1

The Kick-off Meeting took place at CIA premises in Rome on the 10th and 11th of January 2013 and it was carried out according to the schedule defined in the Agenda.
The main goals of this meeting were the following:
to provide an overview of the project objectives and innovations to the beneficiaries both
AGs and SMEs involved;
to define an operative work plan for the first project phase (6 months);
to determine more precise specifications of RTDs and AGs work and deliverables according
to the objectives defined in the DoW.