MILKQUA project will enhance milk and dairy food quality and safety, and lower milk-associated health hazards, by reducing antimicrobial use on Tunisian farms in the context of One Health approach. Milk safety and quality are essential to the health and welfare of a community. Yet, milk also provides one of the main vehicles of food-borne diseases and antibiotic resistance. Therefore, MILKQUA will :
• Deliver an extension-based national milk program (QMP) to reduce the incidence of mastitis, and the consequent use of antibiotics.
• Explore the use of essential oils and plant extracts with antibacterial activities in diets of dairy cows to decrease the burden of mastitis, and increase feed efficiency, animal welfare and sustainability of milk production system.
• Improve the quality, including the shelf life of dairy products. MILKQUA is a cross-multidisciplinary project engaging 5 EU partners from 4 countries (France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal).
It will team with 5 Tunisian partners including livestock organization, academic and research institutions and dairy companies, with a high expertise in both fundamental and applied science, and will strongly rely on up-to-date system biology (both in vitro and in vivo assays) and OMICs methodologies. Synergy in communication and dissemination by the several Tunisian stakeholders will permit to reduce and monitor antimicrobial usage in livestock and improve both milk quality and quantity. MILKQUA will enhance the role of Tunisian dairy producers, as economic and environmental actors of the rural communities as purveyors of a sustainable food supply to consumers. MILKQUA will also lay the foundation of an accountable and dynamic system that will stimulate the economy to grow and promote prosperous and resilient communities across the country and elsewhere, providing new knowledge about the biological effects of natural compound that will be extended to other Mediterranean basin countries.
MILKQUA will develop and implement best practices within an integrated program for food safety and quality by:
This project is part of the PRIMA programme supported by the European Union
1st MilkQua project Steering Board Meeting on June 3rd and 4th
WP 2 - Tunisian mission of February 2020
WP 2 - 3rd Mission in Tunisia
Renato Pereira (UPFP) has joined the MilkQua Project !
IDELE Innovations Comice
WP 2 - Tunisian mission of July
3rd International Symposium - "Milk, driver of development"
MilkQua Kick-Off Meeting - Paris, 2019
1st Stakeholders Meeting (Tunis, Tunisia)
WP 2 - 1st Mission in Tunisia
PRIMA Kick-Off Meeting - 2018 Projects
The MilkQua Project has hold its First project Steering Board Meeting on June 3rd and 4th afternoons, on a virtual meeting, in replacement of the initially planned meeting in Lodi (Italy). All partners were present. Twenty two participants were counted.
On 17 December 2019 in Paris, the French Livestock Institute organised its second Comice des Innovations et des Partenariats.
The kick off meeting of the MilkQua project took place in Paris on April 17, 2019. This launch was organized by Latifa Najar from Institut de l'Élevage.
JUNE 20 / MilkQua - 1st Project Steering Board Meeting (June 3rd-4th, 2020) - Press release (EN)
JUNE 20 / MilkQua - 1st Project Steering Board Meeting (June 3rd-4th, 2020) - Press release (FR)
JUNE 20 / MilkQua - 1st Project steering board meeting - Video + All presentations
MilkQua - Abstract "Milk, a factor of developpment" (Dakar - June, 2019)
MilkQua - Presentation "Milk, a factor of developpment" (Dakar - June, 2019)