MILKQUA : Milk Quality along the Dairy Chain for a Safe and Sustainable Milk

Project identifier 167-MILKQUA
Project Status ongoing
Start date 2019-04-01
End date 2022-03-31
Roadmap Theme
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Improved food value chains
  • Type of Project Applied research project
    Programme PRIMA
    Keyword dairy production; mastitis treatment; antibiotics use
    Location Tunisia; France; Portugal; Spain; Italy
    Budget 872 973
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator French Livestock Institute (Idele)
  • French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
  • CSIC - Spanish National Research Council
  • University of Milan
  • University of Porto (U. Porto)
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique de Tunisie (INRAT)
  • Center of Biotechnology of Borj Cédria (CBBC)
  • National School of Veterinary medicine de Sidi Thabet (ENMV)
  • Office of Livestock and Pasture (OEP)
  • STIAL Délice Danone
  • Project Web Site
  • MilkQua - Abstract "Milk, a factor of development"
  • PRIMA funded projects 2018
  • Description


    Milk safety and quality are critical issues for human health and welfare of a community. MILKQUA is a cross-multidisciplinary project engaging five EU partners from four countries (France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal) that will team with five Tunisian partners representing research, development, extension and farmers. It aims at enhancing milk and dairy food quality and safety, and decreasing milk-associated health hazards, by reducing the use of conventional antimicrobial products in Tunisian farms to align with the concept of One Health approach.


    The main objectives of this project are the following:

    1. to set up an extension-based national milk program (QMP) to reduce the incidence of mastitis, and the consequent use of antibiotics in Tunisia;

    2. to explore the potential use of essential oils and plant extracts with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activities on the udder and in diets of young and adult dairy cattle to reinforce immunity at adult age, increase feed efficiency, animal welfare and the burden of mastitis for a better sustainability of milk production system;

    3. to improve milk quality, including the shelf life of dairy products. Essential oils and plant extracts will be tested integrating in vitro and in vivo approaches with up-to-date OMICS analysis, within a system biology perspective. 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, quantity and safety.

    Expected impacts

    MILKQUA ambition is to enhance the role of Tunisian dairy producers as providers of sustainable food supply to consumers. MILKQUA project will enhance milk and dairy food quality and safety, MILKQUA will intend to lay the foundation of an accountable and dynamic system that will stimulate the economy growth and promote prosperous and resilient communities across the country and elsewhere, providing new knowledge about the biological effects of natural compounds that will be extended to other Mediterranean countries.