Food Standards Agency Research Tender

Food Standards Agency Research Tender

Food Standards Agency – Improving the understanding of the factors which lead to E. coli O157 shedding by cattle and intervention strategies for on-farm control.

UK-York: Research and development services and related consultancy services

2013/S 048-078248

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Food Standards Agency
1-2 Peasholme Green
YO1 7PR York
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: fsa.procurement@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.food.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://fsa-esourcing.eurodyn.com

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

National or federal agency/office
I.3)Main activity

Health
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Food Standards Agency – Improving the understanding of the factors which lead to E. coli O157 shedding by cattle and intervention strategies for on-farm control
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The Food Standards Agency’s Strategy 2010-15 confirms the reduction of foodborne disease to be a priority in ensuring that food produced and sold in the UK is safe to eat. The Food Standards Agency’s Foodborne Disease Strategy (FDS) aims to address this priority through development of research and risk management programmes targeted to the specific pathogens which are responsible for the greatest burden of UK foodborne disease. Verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC), including E. coli O157, remains a recognised and important human pathogen and a high priority for FSA action. FDS activities relating to VTEC will complement the Food Hygiene Delivery Programme, which was set up by the FSA to address recommendations made by the Public Inquiry into the South Wales E. coli O157 outbreak in 2005. Background E. coli O157 is a relatively rare but significant gastrointestinal pathogen in the UK. It has been recognised as an important cause of enteric disease in humans and complications of infection can lead to renal damage and death. E. coli O157 is shed (excreted) in the faeces of ruminant animals such as cattle and sheep and, in the UK it has been implicated in outbreaks of human disease via the cross-contamination of foods and direct contact with faeces or affected animals. Recommendation 24 of the Public Inquiry into the 2005 E. coli O157 outbreak in South Wales stated that ‘The feasibility of identifying ‘supershedder’ cattle on-farm should be explored as a potential means of reducing the likelihood of spreading E. coli O157 to other cattle’. In response to this recommendation, the FSA in Scotland hosted a workshop in November 2011 entitled ‘Understanding the factors that lead to Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) colonisation in cattle and the role of supershedding in the transmission and maintenance of infection.’ This workshop identified that there was a need for significant research on the supershedding phenomenon in order to facilitate the development of suitable intervention strategies for future control of this pathogen on farms in the UK. The experts who attended the workshop made a number of key recommendations on the key research gaps in relation to our understanding of EHEC supershedding by cattle (http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/e.coli-workshop.pdf). Following a review of the outputs of the workshop and peer review comments on the workshop report, the FSA has identified the below areas as priority for funding. The Evidence Requirement Proposals are invited for research that will improve the understanding of E. coli O157 excretion by cattle and the supershedding phenomenon, and how this pathogen can be controlled on-farm. The FSA is seeking applied, useable outputs from this package of work which can be used to inform future on-farm control strategies for reducing the public health risk associated with this pathogen in the UK. It is proposed that these aims will be addressed by research in the areas described below. It is envisaged that up to three projects will be funded through this call therefore applicants should clearly highlight in their proposal(s) which of the three areas (Lots 1, 2, 3) below they are seeking to address. Lot 1 Research of E. coli O157 Supershedders To more clearly define the characteristics of a ‘supershedder’, and improve our understanding of the dynamics of E. coli O157 excretion by cattle (in terms of the duration of shedding, the levels excreted, and the frequency by which an animal can become a supershedder), and how high shedding animals impact on the contamination of the foodchain, the environment and human illness. Lot 2 On-farm intervention to control VTEC To understand how effective an on-farm intervention for the control of VTEC would have to be in order to have an impact on human health and, based on current evidence which on-farm intervention strategies show the greatest potential of reducing human illness. Lot 3 Impact of diet and feed on VTEC colonisation To improve our understanding of the impact of diet and feeding practices on VTEC colonisation in the ruminant gut. This is an open research call which is seeking novel ideas to address these research areas and it is envisaged that these may be addressed through projects utilising a wide range of approaches. The projects may require, but not exclusively, further laboratory work to build on existing knowledge, a review of available evidence from published reviews, modelling of new and existing data, and/or field trials. Given the multidisciplinary nature of this call, consortium bids with national and international collaborators would be welcome.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73000000, 73110000, 73300000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

FS101055
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

2.5.2013 – 17:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 3.5.2013
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:4.3.2013