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Name of SME:       BIOMIN GesmbH

Project title:           Evaluating physiological and environmental consequences of using organic
                                  wastes after technological processing in diets for livestock and humans

Project acronym: SAFEWASTES

Call details:            Date of Submission: 5.2.2004; Food quality and safety, FOOD-2003-T6.6

Project type:          STREP

Subject of the project:

State of the art: In-feed antibiotics and chemotherapeutics have been addressed for growth promotion and prophylaxis against enteric pathogens in non ruminants during the last 50 years. However, due to an increasing consumers risk for a pathogenic cross-resistance, these additives will be banned in 2006. Now farmers anticipate degradation in animal sanitary status and in production competitiveness. This fear is substantiated by observations made in Sweden following antibiotic withdrawal already years ago.

Context of the project:

Organic waste still has valuable compounds which are currently under-utilised or disposed of. The research in this project focuses on the evaluation of organic waste and the R&D on novel technological processes to transform the organic waste into high added value products. The analysis of these novel high added value products will provide the basis for defining new areas of application. It is the aim to find innovative ways to generate novel high added value products, e.g. as novel food/feed additives, and to demonstrate to the food industry and plant-based additives industry that there is a potential in recycling organic waste for the purpose of producing new products that can be sold on the market. In the consortium three objectives of lower input farming will be taken into account:

-Animal-friendly – scientifically proven to respect the welfare of livestock and to enhance their physiological condition through nutrition

-Consumer-friendly-100 % natural, traceable, no risk of pathogenic cross-resistance, non-GM products that have no harmful effects on humans;

-Environmentally- friendly products that actively reduce the enviromental impact of intensive livestock production, through the reduction of both atmospheric emissions and reduction of the impact of preventively used antibiotics.

Consortium composition:

Chlodwig Franz, Institute for Applied Botany, Vienna, Austria (Co-ordinator)

Rudolf Bauer, Institute for Pharmacognosy, Graz, Austria

Reinhold Carle, Institute of Food Technology, Section Plant Foodstuff Technology, Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany

Spyridon Kyriakis, Clinical Department of Small and Large Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Thessaloniki, Greece Bruno Stefano, Dipartimento di Scienze della Produzione Animale, Udine, Italia Doriana Tedesco, Department of Veterinary Science and Technologies for Food Safety, Milano, Italy Gerd Schatzmayr, Biomin GmbH, Austria Gudrun Abel, Bionorica Phytopharmaceuticals, Neumarkt, Germany

Geert Bruggeman, Vitamex / Nutrition Science N.V. / NS, Belgium

Andreas Moser, rtd-services, Vienna, Austria

Age Jongbloed, Institute of Animal Science and Health, Lelystad, The Netherlands

Wieslaw Oleszek, Institute of Soil Science / IUNG, Pulawy, Poland


Total Costs: € 2,561,000

EU-Funding: € 2,200,000

Work programme:

I. Development of an innovative technological process to further use the organic waste of the food industry (based on the examples: Mangifera indica, Citrus spec., Malus spec., Daucus carota)

II. Adaptation of the technological process to the organic waste of the plant-based additives industry (based on the examples : Cynara scolymus, Silybum marianum, Thymus vulgaris)

III. Development of novel, innovative food / feed additives as high added value products, Development of new plant-based products as food / feed additives ŕ substitute for the use of preventive used antibiotics in livestock production.

IV. Risk assessment ŕ Check of Quality, Safety and Efficacy of these new high added value products

V. Show the cost / benefit of the utilisation of organic waste

VI. Measurement of environmental impacts (positive and negative)

Brief description of the SME:

· Austria

· 50-100 Employees

· Biomin is a market-oriented company whose task is to improve animal health and the economic production of animal husbandry. Biomin’s core business is the development and production of animal feed, natural feed additives andpremixes andfor animal husbandry under the brand name Biomin as well as consultancy in questions of animal production and feed safety. Furthermore Biomin has its own research, trial and fermentation facilities.

· There has been previous involvement in European projects

How did the SME get involved in the project?

The SME was invited by the coordinator to join the project proposal.

Role and activities of the SME in the project:

Biomin is member of Steering Committee in the project. Furthermore the SME is involved in the technical work, which is performed by employees with skills in cell culture in the company’s Biotech- and Cell-culture laboratories.

Strategic expectations of the SME:

Biomin GmbH expects to get new “natural” products which can be used in animal nutrition to replace antibiotic growth promoters.

IPR for the SME:

The SME’s in the project have the first right to commercialise new products.

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