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SAFE Announcements and Events:

  • SAFE consortium 2017 AGM Part 2: Dec 14

    The 2017 Annual General Meeting, Part 2 of the SAFE consortium will take place by Teleconference on THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER 2017 at 13H.

    The SAFE AGM generally brings together one or two representatives from each member institute. SAFE activities in the previous year will be reviewed and SAFE plans for 2018 discussed. Decisions are made by consensus or majority vote. You can find the agenda and minutes of the 2017 AGM and of previous AGMs on the SAFE Members Only pages, Past Events.

    The SAFE Annual General Meeting  is taking place in two parts this year:

    Part 1 was on Thursday 4 May by teleconference (Lync). Here, the 2016 budget was closed and the 2017 budget approved. Financial documents were sent to all confirmed participants and questions invited by email. The agenda and minutes are available here. (You must be logged in as a SAFE member to successfully follow this link.)

    Part 2 on Thursday 14 December by teleconference (Lync).

    The SAFE statutes specify that the General Meeting of the Members is the supreme governing body of the SAFE consortium. Come and have your voice included!

    Please RSVP to Katherine Flynn by THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER to confirm your participation in the 2017 SAFE AGM, Part 2 and look forward to seeing you there.

  • SAFE speakers at EFSA Risk Assessment Research Assembly. 7 Feb 2018

    The President of the SAFE consortium Executive Board, Begoña Pérez Villarreal of AZTI, and past SAFE consortium Secretary General, past president of the SAFE Executive Board and current Executive Board member, Oddur M. Gunnarsson of Matis Ltd. are invited speakers at the 2018 EFSA Event on Risk Assessment taking place in Utrecht (NL) on 7 February 2018.

    This event will bring together research funders, policy/decision makers and leading food safety organisations.

    The aim of the event is to stimulate new partnerships in food safety risk assessment research to safeguard public health and highlight the importance of public funding.

    Link here to more information, including registration details.

  • SAFE Special Issue in TIFS. Spring 2018

    SAFE consortium members will publish a Special Issue of Trends in Food Science &Technology in ealry 2018.

    Keeping Food Safety on the Agenda for 15 Years: The SAFE Consortium

    There are five food safety themes in the Special Issue, each led by a SAFE member:

    1. The Circular Bioeconomy, by Matis Ltd in Iceland
    2. Safe Nutrients, by IBA in Romania
    3. Emerging Microbial Threats, by CNR-DiSBA in Italy
    4. Chemical Hazards, by AZTI in Spain
    5. Risk Communication, by Nofima in Norway

    The release EVENT will take place in Brussels in spring 2018. Stay tuned for further information. 



     

  • SAFE Executive Board Meetings 2017- 16 NOVEMBER

    The upcoming 2017 meetings of the SAFE consortium Executive Board will be by teleconference on

    Thursday 16 November at 13H CET

    Thursday 14 December at 13H CET: SAFE Annual General Meeting of Members, Part 2

    Log in as a SAFE member to download the Agenda and the Minutes of all SAFE EB meetings. Also available are the Agenda and the Minutes of all SAFE Member Meetings, including the Annual General Meetings. Once logged in, these documents become visible as a separate article in Past Events.

    If your institution is a SAFE member but you don't have a User Name and Password - send an email to Katherine Flynn with your 3 food safety interests and you will be registered.

    If your institution is not a SAFE member - you will find information here on how to apply.

     

SAFE Food Safety News - February 2012

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EFSA’s commitment to ensuring that Europe’s food is safe – 10 years and going from strength to strength

Did you know that EFSA has in the past 10 years

  • provided scientific advice which contributed to the successful reduction of human Salmonella cases in EU (reduced by almost 50% from 2004 to 2009);
  • evaluated more than 3,000 health claims, providing the scientific basis to protect European consumers from potentially misleading labelling and advertising of food products;
  • re-evaluated the majority of food colours currently approved on the EU market during its ongoing process of evaluating all food additives;
  • analysed on a yearly basis the data from EU-Member States controls on zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance in animals and food as well as consumer exposure to pesticide residues;
  • developed a wide range of guidance documents to support applicants submitting applications for regulated products (e.g. feed additives) as well as general guidance for risk assessment in various fields such as new technologies (e.g. nanotechnologies);
  • published more than 2,500 scientific outputs that have been used as the basis for EU food and feed safety risk management measures and policy initiatives;
  • pooled together more than 1,500 independent scientific experts to carry out its risk assessments;
  • implemented one of the most robust systems to ensure the impartiality of scientific advice, as benchmarked amongst peer organisations in an independent report;
  • grown from less than 30 staff in 2002 to more than 450 staff members;
  • set up effective cooperation and information exchange structures bringing together all EU Member States based on its strategy for cooperation and networking and established effective contacts with stakeholders;
  • worked closely with sister agencies in the EU (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, European Medicines Agency and European Chemicals Agency) and reached out to risk assessment bodies beyond the EU in order to facilitate co-operation in risk assessment worldwide.

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EU measures help reduce human Salmonella cases by almost one-half 30 January 2012

The coordinated approach by all EU actors has had significant results: human Salmonella cases have been reduced by almost one-half in the EU over five years (2004-2009). At the same time, the prevalence of Salmonella in poultry decreased significantly, especially in laying hen flocks. The reduction of the bacteria in laying hen flocks is likely to be the main reason for the decline of Salmonella cases in humans, since eggs are considered the most important source of human infections in EU.

EFSA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control continue to analyse the data collected from the Member States on a yearly basis to further monitor the situation and the progress made in meeting reduction targets set for Salmonella in various animal populations. EFSA’s continued scientific work, including assessments of new mitigation options and reduction targets where necessary, helps the European Commission and the Member States to consider possible reviews of existing  targets and other control options to further combat this public health threat.

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DNA-nanotech development will move pathogen testing from lab to field - developer 1 Febr 2012

A breakthrough handheld nanotechnology-based bio-sensor can detect a range of threats including Listeria, Salmonella and E.coli in as little as an hour, its developer has claimed.

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Report on food treated with ionizing radiation 2010 06 Febr 2012

The current report covers the period from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2010. It contains a compilation of the information forwarded to the Commission by the 27 Member States. In 2010, 24 approved irradiation facilities were operational in 13 Member States in accordance with Article 7(2) of Directive 1999/2/EC.

One irradiation facility has been approved by Bulgaria and one by Estonia during 2010. No approved irradiation facilities have been closed. Seven irradiation facilities did not irradiate any food during 2010. A total quantity of 9.263,4 tonnes of products were treated with ionising irradiation in the Member States, 88,55 % of which were irradiated in three Member States: Belgium (63,11 %), the Netherlands (16,63 %) and France (11,06 %). The three biggest fractions within the irradiated categories are frog legs (47,67%), poultry (22,5 %) and herbs and spices (15,86 %). [Elika]

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Social media could enhance foodborne outbreak detection - report 31 Jan 2012

“Rich data sources” like Twitter and Facebook could be utilised as a tool in the surveillance of foodborne disease outbreaks, according to a US study.

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Interesting Notes

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Registration is simple. Send an email to the SAFE Scientific Secretary, Katherine Flynn, from your institution email address and include your three Food Safety interests.