SiLeBAT - Ensuring the safety of the food and feed supply chain in case of damage resulting from bio or agro terrorism attacks
As part of the joint project "Ensuring the safety of the food and feed supply chain in case of damage caused by bio or agro terrorist (BAT) attacks" (German acronym: SiLeBAT) (project reference number 11N11202), new solutions are developed to ensure continued food supply to the population even in case of damage caused by a bio or agro terrorism attack. Preventive measures are based on scenarios involving on the one hand direct contamination of food and on the other hand indirect contamination of food via domestic cattle or feed.
These measures are prepared against the background that it is not possible to exclude in principle a deliberate release of extremely dangerous microorganisms or toxins (bio terror). This means that the goal of this research project is prevention.
The BfR coordinates the SiLeBAT research project
The BfR processes key issues of the overall project and in addition is responsible for project coordination.
Apart from the BfR, the following institutions are involved in the project:
- Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)
- Institute for Bacterial Infections and Zoonoses of the Friedrich Löffler Institute (FLI)
- Institute for Business Administration of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute (vTI)
- Institute for Epidemiology of the Friedrich-Löffler Institute (FLI)
- Institute for Microbiology and Biotechnology of the Max Rubner Institute (MRI)
- Institute for Animal Nutrition of the Free University of Berlin
- Analytik Jena AG
- BALVI GmbH (IT company specialising in food safety)
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research sponsors the project with approximately Euro 7 million (Project Number 13N11202).
The research project "Ensuring the safety of the food and feed supply chain in case of damage caused by bio or agro terrorist (BAT) attacks (SiLeBAT)" runs for four years (October 2010 - end of September 2014).