Project 3.3 SEABAC

Seafood: Enhanced assessment of bacterial associated contamination


21. Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture (CEFAS), United Kingdom; 23. Instituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), Italy; 3. Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), France; 44. University of Santiago (USC), Spain; 17.  National Research Institute on Agriculture and Fisheries (IPIMAR), Portugal; 9. Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories (IFL), Iceland.


The bacterial pathogens identified for study in this programme of work are Vibrio cholerae, V.  parahaemolyticus, and V. vulnificus. Globally these bacteria are responsible for significant seafood associated morbidity. They are of major interest both due to their potential to cause serious illness to consumers and their impact on seafood trade within and into the EU. Little information exists on their prevalence in seafood either entering or harvested in European states. No standardised methods are currently in use to detect these bacteria across the EU. 


Therefore the primary objective of the project is: 

- To develop standardised techniques to detect and characterise pathogenic Vibrios.This will facilitate future assessment of health risks presented to European consumers by these organisms.


The research within the project is described in four major blocks of activities.


Read about this and the other projects in RTD Pillar 3 Seafood Safety in the Eurofish magazine article 


Recognizing and controlling health risks of seafood consumption 

Major research achievements

The major research achievements are described in the following subpages for each project year:


2004            2005           2006          2007        2008 


Projectleader SEABAC

Dr. Rachel Rangdale

CEFAS, United Kingdom