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    Mark your calendars now for 17 SEPTEMBER 2014 when the SAFE consortium will organise its annual Event and annual General Meeting at the Hotel Leopold in Brussels.

    This year the SAFE Event is Food Integrity: Beyond Authenticity and Safety, including food adulteration, food fraud, country of origin questions and confirmation of genuine foods. Registration is free but places are limited. Download the registration form here. THERE ARE STILL SOME PLACES AVAILABLE so register now.


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    The SAFE consortium has been invited to participate in a Food Outbreak Roundtable organised by and 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.

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    The date of the next SAFE consortium EB meeting has not been set.

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SAFE Food Safety News - April 2012

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Welcome to our unscientific collection of food safety stories on the internet this month. Please read more. This month we have links to articles on

- Uptake of coccidiostats in vegetables: ESFA report
- EFSA to evaluate low dose BPA ‘hypothesis’
- UK research firm developing ‘invisible’ coating for meat
- Research database reveals ingredients most prone to food fraud
- EFSA and EU Member States work together to tackle Schmallenberg virus
- New EU project gets to grips with globetrotting germs





Uptake of coccidiostats in vegetables: ESFA report 2 May 2012, ELIKA

This project aimed to obtain experimental data related to the uptake of coccidiostatsauthorised in the European Union particularly in vegetables grown on poultry manure-amended soils. An animal trial (poultry) and a plant trial (carrot, lettuce, potato, tomato andcourgette) were performed.

More information:
EFSA Report: Coccidiostats in Vegetables



EFSA to evaluate low dose BPA ‘hypothesis’ 25 April 2012,

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has begun work on a new BPA risk assessment focussing on the low dose effects of the packaging chemical.

EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CE F) has been tasked with evaluating the relevance low dose BPA related effects observed in rodents and the relevance to human health.

The current European Union (EU) BPA Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) is 0.05mg/kg. EFSA has updated its scientific advice on BPA several times since and reconfirmed the TDI.

In addition to the assessment, EFSA has set a date for a meeting of international experts to debate recent scientific evidence of low dose BPA effects and the challenges this poses for risk assessment.

For the first time, EFSA has taken low dose BPA effects into account.

More information



UK research firm developing ‘invisible’ coating for meat 24 April 2012,

A UK research firm is in the early stages of creating an “invisible” film coating for meat to extend shelf life with the aim of eliminating primary packaging.

Pepceuticals edible meat coating will contain antimicrobial peptide properties as part of a European project targeting an extension in product shelf life and a reduction in petroleum-based packaging.

More information



Research database reveals ingredients most prone to food fraud 6 April 2012,

The first ever public database compiling reports on global food fraud and economically motivated adulteration has highlighted olive oil, milk and honey as just a few of the most vulnerable targets. The report also claims that past issues of adulteration could have been prevented if such data had been available earlier.

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EFSA and EU Member States work together to tackle Schmallenberg virus 2 April 2012, EFSA

Today, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its second report on the Schmallenberg virus (SBV). The virus, that to date has been identified in eight EU Member States, can affect domestic and wild ruminants, leading in some cases to severe birth defects. Although uncertainties and gaps in data remain, today’s report importantly shows that when based on worst case scenario assumptions, the number of infected ruminants is low compared to the total number of these animals in each Member State.

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New EU project gets to grips with globetrotting germs 19 March 2012, Cordis News

As Germany was struck by a devastating Escherichia coli (E. coli) crisis in June 2011, the dangers of transferring life-threatening disease-causing germs in food from one country to another once again hit the headlines. Despite the alarm however, until now very few studies have been carried out into the actual danger posed by germs that enter the EU along with food. STEP is a new EU-funded project that hopes to tackle pesky pathogens like E. coli head on.

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