Services - 560483-2021

03/11/2021    S213

Italy-Parma: Microbiological Hazards Associated with the Use of Water in the Post-Harvest Handling and Processing Operations of Fresh and Frozen Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs (ffFVHs)

2021/S 213-560483

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:
Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 2018/1046

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Postal address: Via Carlo Magno 1A
Town: Parma
NUTS code: ITH52 Parma
Postal code: 43126
Country: Italy
E-mail: EFSAProcurement@efsa.europa.eu
Internet address(es):
Main address: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/procurement/tenders
Address of the buyer profile: http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/procurement/tenders
I.3)Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=9577
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=9577
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Microbiological Hazards Associated with the Use of Water in the Post-Harvest Handling and Processing Operations of Fresh and Frozen Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs (ffFVHs)

Reference number: OC/EFSA/BIOCONTAM/2021/02
II.1.2)Main CPV code
73000000 Research and development services and related consultancy services
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

The main objective of this procurement procedure is to gain insights on the characteristics of the water and practices followed by the industry to maintain water quality used during the post-harvest handling and processing operations for fresh and frozen fruit, vegetables and herbs (ffFVHs).

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 500 000.00 EUR
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: ITC Nord-Ovest
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

In the packinghouses and processing facilities, large volumes of water are used and in many cases, the same water is used in the same unit operation (e.g. washing or cooling) for many kilograms of product. Under these conditions, it is difficult to maintain properly the microbiological quality of the process water because of the accumulation of organic matter and the lack of operational limits and test methods to monitor the processing operation. Water disinfection treatment is one of the most critical processing steps in the production of fresh and frozen fruits, vegetable and herbs aimed at preventing cross-contamination. The information obtained via this tender should allow to have an overview of different water quality scenarios in industry settings.

The specific objectives of the contract resulting from the procurement procedure will focus on:

— the characterisation of water used in different post-harvest handling and processing operations of fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables and herbs (FVHs) with the aim to evaluate the microbiological and physico-chemical quality of the processing water during the working day in industry settings where processing water is not subject to any water disinfection treatment;

— the development of specific case-studies in industry settings for the post-harvest handling and processing operations of ffFVHs to provide evidence of the efficacy of different intervention strategies used in the post-harvest handling and processing operations of ffFVHs to maintain the microbiological quality of processing water in industry settings;

— the available quantitative data and mathematical models for the microbial contamination of water used in different post-harvest handling and processing operations of ffFVHs and between batches of ffFVHs including whole, fresh-cut and frozen FVHs;

— the available quantitative data and mathematical models on microbiological and non-microbiological parameters which can be used to validate/verify and/or monitor the microbiological quality of the water used for different post-harvest handling and processing operations of ffFVHs.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 500 000.00 EUR
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2021/S 188-487901
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 13/12/2021
Local time: 14:30
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
English, Bulgarian, Danish, German, Greek, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Czech
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 9 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 14/12/2021
Local time: 10:00
Place:

Due to ongoing COVID-19 related restrictions for accessing the EFSA premises, the public opening session will be held online as a virtual meeting. Requests to attend the online opening session must be made two working days in advance of the online opening session. Refer to invitation letter for details.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:

In case of unavailability or disruptions in the functioning of the electronic means of communication provided in Section I.3) in the last five calendar days before the time limit for receipt indicated in Section IV.2.2), the contracting authority reserves the right to extend this time limit and publish the extension at the internet address provided in Section I.3), without a preceding publication of a corrigendum to this notice. Economic operators interested in this procurement are invited to subscribe to the call for tenders at the address in Section I.3) in order to get notified when new information or documents are published.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: General Court of the European Union
Postal address: rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: L-2925
Country: Luxembourg
E-mail: generalcourt.registry@curia.europa.eu
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Fax: +352 4303-2100
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
22/10/2021