Microbiological and parasitic characterization of raw crops consumed in Portugal

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Project title | Microbiological and parasitic characterization of raw crops consumed in Portugal
Project Code |
Main objective |

Region of intervention |

Beneficiary entity |
  • Universidade de Évora(líder)
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa - Faculdade de Ciências Médicas(parceiro)

Approval date | 20-07-2004
Start date | 20-07-2004
Date of the conclusion | 15-08-2007

Total eligible cost |
European Union financial support |
National/regional public financial support |


The emergence of new pathogens and the intensification of agro-livestock production associated with a change in dietary habits, with the increased consumption of vegetables consumed raw, amplified the risk of transmission of pathogens, often resistant to antibiotics,
In order to reduce the microbial load and possible eggs of parasites, is recommended to the operators of grocery stores to wash the vegetables to be consumed raw, these being the responsible for providing consumers with a product free of dangers to health, without determining what measures to be implemented for these end...they should identify all stages of their activities crucial to ensure food safety and ensure the creation, implementation, updating and enforcement of security procedures appropriate, ".
With this project we seeks to assess the risks associated with consumption of fresh vegetables consumed raw, listing both the production system and the method of cleaning them.

Objectives, activities and expected/achieved results


Recolher dados epidemiológicos que permitam quantificar os perigos microbiológicos e parasitários ligados ao sistema de produção de hortícolasAnalisar a adequação dos métodos de tratamento dos vegetais antes do seu consumo, no sentido de minimizar os perigos associados à contaminação adquirida no local de produção


Aquisição de produtos em diferentes superfícies