A holistic frameWork with Anticounterfeit and inTelligence-based technologieS that will assist food chain stakehOlders in rapidly identifying and preveNting the spread of fraudulent practices.

Project: EU project

Project Details


WATSON provides a methodological framework combined with a set of tools and systems that can detect and prevent fraudulent activities throughout the whole food chain thus accelerating the deployment of transparency solutions in the EU food systems. The proposed framework will improve sustainability of food chains by increasing food safety and reducing food fraud through systemic innovations that a) increase transparency in food supply chains through improved track-and-trace mechanisms containing accurate, time-relevant and untampered information for the food product throughout its whole journey, b) equip authorities and policy makers with data, knowledge and insights in order to have the complete situational awareness of the food chain and c) raise the consumer awareness on food safety and value, leading to the adoption of healthier lifestyles and the development of sustainable food ecosystems. WATSON implements an intelligence-based risk calculation approach to address the phenomenon of food fraud in a holistic way. The project includes three distinct pillars, namely, a) the identification of data gaps in the food chain, b) the provision of methods, processes and tools to detect and counter food fraud and c) the effective cross border collaboration of public authorities through accurate and trustworthy information sharing. WATSON will rely upon emerging technologies (AI, IoT, DLT, etc.) enabling transparency within supply chains through the development of a rigorous, traceability regime, and novel tools for rapid, non-invasive, on-the-spot analysis of food products. The results will be demonstrated in 6 use cases: a) prevention of counterfeit alcoholic beverages, b) preservation of the authenticity of PGI honey, c) on-site authenticity check and traceability of olive oil, d) the identification of possible manipulations at all stages of the meat chain, e) the improved traceability of high-value products in cereal and dairy chain, f) combat of salmon counterfeiting.
Effective start/end date1/03/2328/02/26

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Migros Ticaret A.Ş.
  • Consejería de Medio Rural y Cohesión Territorial del Principado de Asturias
  • University of Veterinary Medicine (Budapest)
  • Unione Nazionale Consumatori
  • Sintef Nord AS
  • Società Agricola Aprol Perugia Soc. Coop.
  • Asociación para la Promoción y Gestión de la IGP Miel de Asturias
  • University College Dublin (lead)
  • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)
  • Euronews
  • National School of Agricultural Engineering, Bordeaux
  • Max Rubner Institut
  • National Technical University of Athens
  • Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety
  • Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology, and Science (INESC-TEC)
  • Asociación de Investigación de Industrias de la Carne del Principado de Asturias (ASINCAR)
  • Synelixis Solutions S.A.
  • The Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness asbl
  • Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Viticultura Duriense (ADVID)
  • Wellics Ltd
  • Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries
  • Slovene Consumers Association
  • Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
  • SmartAgroHub A.E.
  • A. Espersen A/S
  • Ubitech Ltd.
  • National Research Council (CNR)
  • European Food Information Resource (EuroFIR AISBL)
  • Foodscale Hub Greece
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
  • DBC Europe
  • Resilience Guard GmbH
  • University of Bayreuth
  • Bulgarian Winemaking & Export Association
  • Hämeen ammatti-instituutti Oy
  • National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
  • Hermes AS
  • Associação Portuguesa para a Defesa do Consumidor (DECO)
  • INTRASOFT International SA
  • ISEKI-Food Association
  • BioCoS IKE
  • UPC Konsultointi Oy

Funding category

  • Horizon Europe


  • HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-01-11
  • dairy
  • food safety
  • ecosystems
  • cereals