SAFE Announcements and Events:
- SAFE AGM 2015. 25 June
SAFE consortium members are finalising the agenda for the SAFE Annual General Meeting 2015. It will be on THURSDAY 25 JUNE 2015 at the Icelandic Embassy in Brussels.
Representatives are invited from all SAFE member institutes.
The agenda is planned to include a presentation from the Commission on H2020 Work Programmes and the role for food safety. Additionally, SAFE members will discuss the immediate and long term plans for the SAFE consortium. On Friday 26 June, the Bio-Based Industries Public-Private Partnership Joint Undertaking will host an INFORMATION DAY in Brussels. Visit their website and register here.
Plan your calendar to take advantage of both events and look forward to seeing you there!
- Global Food Safety 2015: 8&9 Sept
The 10th annual Global Food Safety will be on 8 and 9 September in Amsterdam. This event brings together key stakeholders in the global food and beverage supply chain, including industry, researchers and regulators. SAFE consortium is proud to once again be a Promotional Partner for this event. SAFE members enjoy a registration discounted by 20% or 30% for groups of 3 or more. Visit the site here.
- EFSA Conference:14-16 Oct.
EFSA is holding its 2nd Scientific Conference
in MILAN ITALY on 14-16 October 2015 in the context of World EXPO 2015
The SAFE consortium will present a poster,
"Keeping food safety challenges on current and futrue agendas: The European Association for Food Safety, SAFE consortium"
in the session
Expertise for the Future.
The conference is free of charge so plan to attend. Link to the conference website 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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