SAFE Announcements and Events:
- EuroFoodChem 2015: 13-16 Oct
EuroFoodChem 2015 will be in Madrid (ES) from 13 through 16 Oct. As in previous years, there will be a special SAFE Session on Food Safety. Two keynote speakers are confirmed, and we are looking for scientists from SAFE member institutes to give oral presentations. Link to the conference websitee here.
Does your research link food safety and food chemistry?
Although the call for abstracts is closed, SAFE members can still submit their abstracts through SAFE for the Special SAFE Session on Food Safety! Send your abstract to the SAFE Scientific Secretary, Katherine Flynn, at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
- 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 Executive Board Meetings 2015
The date of the next SAFE consortium EB meeting has not been set.
Log in as a SAFE member to download agendas and minutes from EB meetings and from SAFE member meetings. Once logged in, these documents become available as an article in Past Events. Minutes from previous years are also available as separate articles.
- 3 Feb 2015
- 10 March 2015
- 27 March 2015 (Member Meeting)
- 17 April 2015
- 5 May 2015
- 25 June 2015 (Annual General Member Meeting)
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SAFE Food Safety News - April 2012
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.
EFSA Report: Coccidiostats in Vegetables
EFSA to evaluate low dose BPA ‘hypothesis’ 25 April 2012, FoodQualityNews.com
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.
UK research firm developing ‘invisible’ coating for meat 24 April 2012, FoodQualityNews.com
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.
Research database reveals ingredients most prone to food fraud 6 April 2012, FoodQualityNews.com
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.
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.
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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