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- SAFE Executive Board Meetings 2016: mid November
The next SAFE consortium EB meeting will be in mid November by teleconference, date not yet fixed. Every SAFE member institute is invited to attend.
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- 18 Jan 2016
- 22 Feb 2016
- 15 March 2016
- 18 April 2016
- 13 May 2016 (AGM Part 1)
- 30 August 2016
- 27 September 2016
- 21 October 2016 (AGM Part 2)
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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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