County of Arkadi, 74110, Greece
Role and Contribution
Role of Subcontractor
Creta Farm (CF) was established in 1979. Today CF is a vertically integrated
company with its own primary pig production unit (over 80000 pigs /year, operating
under ISO 9002), feed mill, slaughterhouse (over 150 pigs/hour) and state of
the art meat plant (completed in the year 2000) with a capacity of 50 tons/day,
marketing fresh meat and over 70 processed meat products (operating under ISO
9001 and HACCP) distributed nationally.
A second vertically integrated facility in Central Greece is now under construction
to produce and process over 200.000 pig/year making the company the largest
of its kind in the country. The company personnel grew from 78 in 1997 to 309
in 1999 and 700 presently. The company has a modern (completed in the year 2000)
fully equipped chemical and microbiological laboratory staffed with 7 university
graduates heavily involved in R&D projects supported by over 100 additional
scientists from the processing department and the animal production units.
The company is in close cooperation with the Veterinary School of the Aristotle
University for matters of animal disease and control and food safety, the Medical
School of the University of Crete for matters of food safety and studies on
foodborne pathogens (microbial ecology, epidemiology, physiology) and the Mediterranean
Agronomic Institute in Chania for matters of analytical chemistry and GMO. Since
2001 the company is marketing a series of modified atmosphere fresh meat products
in a limited number of location and intending to cover the whole country and
probably outside of the country.
Professor C.Genigeorgis (DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl. European College of Veterinary
Public Health) is the team leader of this proposal for Creta Farm. He is an
emeritus professor of food safety of the University of California, Davis (UCD).
At UCD he did his graduate studies and served for over 28 years as a faculty
member. Under his direction over 65 MSc and PhD students completed their research
studies for degrees in Microbiology, Food Science, Preventive Medicine, Comparative
Pathology and Microbial Ecology. The studies were supported by dozens of competitive
grants from USDA, FDA, NIH, the food industry and the Panamerican Health Organization.
He has published over 200 papers and chapters in books and he has been an invited
speaker in over 150 international congresses and symposia dealing with microbiology,
food safety, food science, public health and veterinary medicine. He was one
of the early researchers in the world, in the late 1960`s, to investigate the
potential of predictive microbiology. Until today his publications have been
cited over 5000 times. Since 1989 he has been an invited professor of food hygiene
at the Veterinary School, Aristotle University (the highest honor given by the
University). He guided the PhD thesis of 7 students in the area of food safety,
with support from EU (AIR2-CT93-1519; FAIR1-CT95-0400), the Greek Government
and the food industry. He has been an evaluator of the completed projects of
FLAIR (1988-1993) and ECLAIR (1989-1993) Programmes (EUR 16192, report No 67).
Currently he is an emeritus professor of Aristotle University and since 2000
a senior consultant for the Laboratory of Medical Microbiology and Zoonoses,
Food Safety Unit at the University of Crete, Heraklion and senior consultant
for food safety and R&D for Creta Farm.