Important legal notices
Home Index Introduction Index by contract number Index by coordinator Other information

Using electronic identification (EID) and molecular markers (DNA) for improving the traceability of meat
EID + DNA Tracing

Contract number : QLK1-2001-02229
Contract type : Shared Cost Project
Total cost : € 2.257.671
EC contribution : € 1.583.380
Starting date : not yet determined
Duration : 36 Months
Scientific Officer : Antonio di Giulio
Project website : not yet available
Dr Gerardo Caja
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Ciencia Animal i dels Aliments
Campus de Bellaterra, Edifici V
08193 Cerdanyola Del Vallès
Tel.: +34935811442
Fax: +34935812006
E-mail: gerardo.caja @

Traceability is sensitive point for consumers. Despite this, methods for tracing meat are poorly developed. With this aim, a double system based on electronic identification (BID) and DNA profiling for tracing animals and meat, according to EC regulations, is proposed. Improving knowledge of EID and overcoming limiting factors in the use of bolus (ruminants) and injectable (pig) transponders, will be attempted. We will develop and test a competitive new reader, and automatic data transfer (animal to meat) and recovery of transponders in the abattoir will also be studied. For DNA profiling, selection of markers and comparison of sampling methods will be performed. Finally the evaluation of the implementation for tracing and quality monitoring of beef and pork meats, including the management of a data base and a cost-benefit analysis, will be made.


Primary objective: the development of a reliable system for the traceability of livestock and meat based on the joint use of electronic identification (EID) and molecular rnarkers (DNA). The BID will provide a real time tagging and tracing-back methodology for on farm use and administrative purposes until slaughtering; the DNA profile will be used as an unchangeable method to audit the tracing-back of the identity of animals, carcasses and meat cuts in the whole meat industry process, at reasonable cost and response time. Further objective: the implementation and evaluation of the double system (EID+DNA) for the tracing and quality monitoring of beef ('red' and 'pink' meat) and park ('white pig' fresh meat and 'black pig' fresh and cured ham) from farm to consumer under EU conditions, including the Data Base management and a cost-benefit analysis.

(expected) Results and achievements
  • M1: Retention law and protote of small bolus for ruminants;
  • M2: Body site for transponder injection in pigs;
  • M3: Improved reader and automatic transponder retriever;
  • M4: Flexible label transponders for identity transfer;
  • M5: Laboratory test of devices and equipment;
  • M6: DNA sampling and analysis for animal, carcass and meat;
  • M7: DBase and software for EID+DNA tracing-back;
  • M8: Validation of the system in beef cattle and pigs;
  • M9: Cost and cost-benefit analysis of the traceability system.


Joint Research Centre - European Commission Institute for Systems Informatics and Safety
Via Enrico Fermi, Joint Research Centre.Ispra, T.P. 361
21020 Ispra Varese
Services Véterinaires
Ministère de l'Agriculture et des Classes Moyennes
Boulevard Simon Bolivar 30
1000 Bruxelles
Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias
Unidad de Producción Animal
Pastos y Forrajes
PO Box 60
38200 La Laguna, Tenerife
Gesimpex Comercial S.L.
Pau Claris, 165 5 C-D
08037 Barcelona
Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landtechnik
Technische Universität München
Vöttinger Straße 36
85350 Freising
Shearwell Data Limited
Putham Farm
Wheddon Cross, Minehead
TA24 7AS
United Kingdom
Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise "G. Caporale"
Reparto Genetica e Biologia Molecolare
Laboratorio Centro Elaborazione Dati
Via Campo Boario
64100 Teramo
Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria
Mejora Genética y Biotecnología
Carretera de La Coruña Km. 7.5
PO Box 8111
28040 Madrid
Identigen Limited
Smurfit Institute of Genetics
Dublin 2
Centre National de Génotypage
2 Rue Gaston Cremieux
PO Box 5721
91057 Evry Cedex

Fifth Framework Programme

PDF Version


Volume 1 (PDF 2.9 MB)


Volume 2 (PDF 1.9 MB)


Last update



[ Index ]    [ Introduction ]    [ Index by contract number ]    [ Index by coordinator ]    [ Others ]