Project 3.4 BIOCOM

Biogenic amines in seafoods - assessment and management of consumer exposure


1.  National Insitute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua), Denmark; 32. Danish Veterinay and Food Administration (DVFA), Denmark.


The overall objective of the project is

- To provide data that will reduce intake of biogenic amines from seafoods by European consumers and reduce the incidence of histamine fish poisoning (HFP).


HFP is caused by high levels of histamine and the toxic effect of histamine in seafood is increased by other biogenic amines. An exposure assessment for biogenic amines will be carried out using predictive models developed in the project. The exposure assessment will be a pre-requisite for science based recommendations of the most efficient ways to reduce HFP.


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 


Reports available for download in the SEAFOODplus Publication Series:

SEAFOODplus report 3.4.1 Jette Emborg,  Gaps in available information on biogenic amines in seafood, 22 pages, 2004. ISBN  978-87-7075-004-2


Download SEAFOODplus report 3.4.1


SEAFOODplus report 3.4.2 Jette Emborg et al. Results of biogenic amine concentration and microflora in seafood causing histamine fish poisoning (HFP), 9 pages, 2005. ISBN  978-87-7075-005-9


Download SEAFOODplus report 3.4.2


Projectleader BIOCOM

Dr. Paw Dalgaard

DTU Aqua, Denmark