SAFE Announcements and Events:
- Global Food Safety Summit: 9-10 Sept 2014
- 2014 SAFE Event and AGM: 17 September 2014
Mark your calendars now for 17 SEPTEMBER 2014 when the SAFE consortium will organise its annual Event and annual General Meeting.
This year the SAFE Event will focus on Food Authentication and Food Safety, including food adulteration, food fraud, country of origin questions and confirmation of genuiine foods. SAFE members may view a draft programme now, log in as a member and a page of Exective Board meetings and AGM will appear in Past Events.
The SAFE 1 day event will take place at Hotel Leopold in Brussels. There is no fee to attend, but places are limited. A registration form will soon be available here.
- SAFE in Food Outbreak Forum - 24 Sept 2014
The SAFE consortium has been invited to participate in a Food Outbreak Roundtable organised by FoodProductionDaily.com and FoodQualityNews.com. The core of the discussion will be weighing the answer to this question, 'What's the best way to minimize risk of exposure from foodborne illness outbreaks?' The Roundtable will be broadcast on September 24. Information on how to register coming soon.
Representing SAFE will be the Chair of the Executive Board, Begoña Pérez Villarreal. She will be joined by Food Safety experts from EFSA, the US FDA and several universities. Stay tuned for information on how to listen to this timely and informative 1 hr discussion.
- Food Safety Implications of Climate Change and Climate Variability: 24-25 Sept 2014
SAFE is co-organising this interesting and timely event together with the Joint Research Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change – FACCE-JPI , with the contribution of Romanian SAFE member Institutul de Bioresurse Alimentare – IBA , and the support of the Romanian Government. The Workshop will be the second exploratory workshop within the 2014-2015 Implementation Plan of the FACCE-JPI Strategic Research Agenda.
A printable announcement for the Workshop can be downloaded here.
There is no cost to attend the workshop, but spaces are limited so register today. The registration form can be downloaded here.Photo Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
- SAFE Executive Board Meetings 2014
The date of the next SAFE consortium EB meeting has not been set.
The previousSAFE consortium EB meeting was June 6 2014. It was electronic.
The previous SAFE consortium EB meeting was May 26 2014. It was electronic.
The previous SAFE consortium EB meeting was MONDAY 13 March 2014. It was electronic.
Log in as a SAFE member to download the agenda of upcoming EB meetings. Once logged in, the agenda and minutes of all 2014 EB meetings become available as an article in Past Events.
Agendas and Minutes from previous years are also available as separate articles in Past Events.
You will also find Agendas and Minutes from the AGM.
Please visit Past Events to find the 2013 schedule of EB meetings.
See current members of the SAFE Executive Board here.
SAFE Food Safety News - February 2012
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.
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.
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.
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]
More information (.pdf)
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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