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SAFE Announcements and Events:

  • Circularity and Resource Efficiency of Food Systems: 22 May 2019

    SAFE member National R&D Institute for Food Bioresources, IBA in Romania is organising this conference which will take place under the Romanian presidency of the European Union.

    The intention is to create a supportive environment for establishing new collaborations in the field of agri-food research that share the same ideas as the Food 2030 initiative.

    The main aim of the event is to raise awareness about sustainable production and consumption, to minimize food waste and to transform agrofood by products and residues into new raw materials for different purposes with an environmentally friendly approach.

    More information and link to register is here.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Global Food Safety Summit. 2-3 Sept 2019

    Managing a safe and secure global food supply chain from farm to fork!

    As in previous years, this event will bring together key stakeholders from all along several food chains including manufacturers, suppliers, regulators and the experts that support them. Highlights of the event will include case study experiences. Networking opportunities will be plentiful as representatives from major food and beverage producers, suppliers and retailers participate.

    Read about the Global Food Safety Summits of previous years, including a link to the SAFE consortium presentation given in 2017 by SAFE Executive Board member Oddur Gunnarsson from Matis Ltd., Iceland here.

    SAFE members enjoye a special reduced registration.

    See the event programme here (coming soon)

    Read more about the event here.

  • INCREaSE 2019: 9-11 Oct 2019

    SAFE consortium will participate in the International Congress on Engineering and Sustainability in the XXIst Century to be held at the University of Algarve in Faro PT from 8-11 October 2019.

    The SAFE Secretary General, Katherine M Flynn, is a member of the Scientific Committee.

    Read about SAFE participation in INCREaSE 2017 here.

    Abstract submission is now open!

    Hope to see you at INCREaSE 2019!

  • SAFE Executive Board and Member Meetings 2019

    The upcoming 2018 meetings of the SAFE consortium Executive Board will be by teleconference in

    TUESDAY 19 June at 15H CET

    Log in as a SAFE member to download the Agenda and the Minutes of all SAFE EB meetings. Also available are the Agenda and the Minutes of all SAFE Member Meetings, including the Annual General Meetings. Once logged in, these documents become visible as a separate article in Past Events.

    If your institution is a SAFE member but you don't have a User Name and Password - send an email to Katherine Flynn with your 3 food safety interests and you will be registered.

    If your institution is not a SAFE member - you will find information here on how to apply.



SAFE One-Pager on Framework Programme 9

Food safety is embedded in the food-related problems that society faces and the solutions being proposed for them.

In June 2018, SAFE consortium released a one-pager on food safety priorities related to the global challenges being addressed by Framework Programme 9. The paper was distributed to the FP9 Programme Committee and European Commission officials.

This SAFE consortium one-pager was co-authored by 10 individual SAFE members from 7 different SAFE member institutes located throughout Europe.

Transforming the EU Agri-Food Sector

In January 2018, a joint declaration was issued to transform the food sector in Europe into a more competitive, sustainable and trusted sector, to secure the production of safe and nutritious food that every consumer loves. The declaration was sent to President Juncker.

Six organisations authored this initiative, including FOODforce in which SAFE consortium is active as an Associated Organisation. The other authors were: EFFoST, EITFood, FoodDrinkEurope, FoodNexus and FoodForLife. The declaration is hosted by the FoodDrinkEurope website, link here, where it is still possible to add an endorsement.

Read the Declaration here.

Read the SAFE consortium Endorsement here.

See the list of Endorsers here.

SAFE Releases Workshop Summary: Natural and Microbial Food Contaminants

April 2018 release of a summary paper from the October 2017 SAFE consortium food safety workshop, "Natural and Microbial Food Contaminant: Riskier Than We Think?". Read it here.

This 4-page glossy is from the 1 1/2 hour workshop which featured the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis as keynote speaker and the Member of European Parliament Christofer Fjellner as host.

Read more about the workshop here, including links to presentations and related publications.

See the 3 1/2 minute summary video of the workshop here.

Natural Contaminants Workshop Video Released


January 2018 release of the highlight video from the October 2017 SAFE consortium food safety workshop, 'Natural and Microbial Food Contaminants: Riskier Than We Think?'. Watch 3 1/2 minutes of highlights from the 1 1/2 hour workshop featuring Member of European Parliament Christofer Fjellner and European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis.

See the 3.5 minute video here.

SAFE welcomes 3 new members in Jan 2018: SUA, KTU and HES-SO

The following three institutes were accepted as full members of the SAFE consortium at the December 2017 Annual General Member's Meeting:

The Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (SUA).

The Food Institute of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) in Lithuania.

The Institute of Life Technologies of the School of Engineering of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland-Valais Wallis (HES-SO).

These institutes are free to publish in the public interest and each presented a bibliography of high quality publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals authored by numerous scientists at their respective institutes.

The memberships begin January 2018 and we look forward to successful collaboration. Welcome!

SAFE joins ActInPak Action

SAFE consortium was invited to join the ongoing COST Action ActInPak, Active and Intelligent Fibre-Based Packaging in January 2017. SAFE brings its expertise in European food safety to this packaging initiative.

Many thanks to the Action Leader, Sanne Tiekstra of Bumaga NL for the invitation.

SAFE releases Natural Contaminants workshop video: January 2018

January 2018 release of the highlight video from the October 2017 SAFE consortium food safety workshop, 'Natural and Microbial Food Contaminants: Riskier Than We Think?'. Watch 3 1/2 minutes of highlights from the 1 1/2 hour workshop featuring Member of European Parliament Christofer Fjellner and European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis.

See the 3.5 minute video here.

SAFE Releases Workshop Summary: Food-Related Health Risks and Technologies to Increase Food Safety

SAFE partnered with the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) panel of the European Parliament to organise a holistic workshop on food safety issues of today.

The 20 October 2016 workshop was widely viewed as a success, with expert speakers from academia, industry, national research centres and the European Commission and over 100 attendees.

Read about the workshop, including a link to the presentations here.

SAFE consortium, with a generous partial sponsorship from BASF SE, wrote an engaging and readable summary of the event which was published in February 2017.

Download the Workshop Summary here.

Read the Workshop Summary on ISSUU here.

SAFE announces a new Secretary General

At the 2016 SAFE consortium Annual General Meeting, Dr. Hrönn Jörundsdóttir, Ph.D. in chemistry and Chief Infrastructure Officer at Matís, Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D, was approved by SAFE members as the new Secretary General of The European Association for Food Safety, SAFE consortium. She had been nominated by the Executive Board earlier in the year. Dr. Jörundsdóttir will replace Oddur M. Gunnarsson who is stepping down after 5+ years of service to the consortium.



SAFE becomes GHI Supporting Organization

In July 2016, SAFE consortium joined over 20 other groups in becoming a Supporting Organization of the Global Harmonization Initiative, GHI. GHI is an international non-profit network to promote harmonization of global food safety regulations and legislation.



SAFE active in FOODforce

FOODforce is a network of leading European research provider organisations active in the areas of food, nutrition and health.

As of June 2016, SAFE consortium is now active as an Associated Organisation with this important network. SAFE contributed to the FOODforce Position Paper released in summer 2016 and to the FOODforce response to the Public Consultation on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2, "Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy".


SAFE welcomes its newest member: NIFES

In June 2016, The Norwegian National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES) became a full member of The European Association for Food Safety, SAFE consortium. NIFES conducts research on the seafood you eat. The institute studies fish nutrition and the effects of fish and seafood consumption on our health.

Read more about NIFES here.


SAFE Position Paper Released April 2016: Safe Food for the Future

The European Association for Food Safety, SAFE consortium announces the publication of its newest position paper,

Safe Food for the Future

released 29 April 2016.

Read the position paper on ISSUU, here or download the pdf from the SAFE site, Publications, here.

You can read and download this and other SAFE publications on ISSUU or at the Publications tab.



SAFE Joins FACCE-JPI Stakeholder Advisory Board

The SAFE consortium was elected as a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE) effective January 2016. SAFE joins 15 other food and climate stakeholders in providing advice to increase the relevance of FACCE-JPI work and suggesting ways to further dissemination and impact.

The SAFE consortium representative to the Stakeholder Advisory Board is Irina Smeu of SAFE member IBA in Romania. Read more about IBA here.

Read about the FACCE-JPI here.




SAFE at E.N.G. Global Food Safety:Sep 2015

The 10th annual Global Food Safety Summit focused on managing a safe and secure global food supply chain. The event took place in Amsterdam on 8 and 9 September 2015 with approximately 150 attendees, many from leading companies in the food and beverage industry. For the 3rd consecutive year SAFE consortium was a promotional partner for the event and was represented by the attendance of Oddur M. Gunnarsson, SAFE Secretary General and by two SAFE member institutes: Nofima and Nestlé.



SAFE welcomes its newest member: Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Sep 2015

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute became a member of the SAFE consortium as of September 2015. Read about the Institute and their activities here.

SAFE in the Food Press: FoodQualityNews


The SAFE consortium Position Paper,

"Food Safety: The Top Priority on the Horizon for the SAFE Consortium"

was covered by FoodQualityNews reporter Joe Whitworth in an article published on 5 August 2015.

Read the article here.

SAFE Annual General Meeting Charts Next Year's Course: June 2015

Members of the European Association for Food Safety, SAFE consortium decided last week to reduce membership fees, especially for smaller organisations, in an effort to increase membership. SAFE consortium is a fully independent food safety voice, counting 10 member institutes in 2015, and funded by their annual dues. Dues will be cut in half for some, as the new structure is €1000 per year for academic and governmental organisations with less than 250 employees and €2000 for those with over 250. Several of the smaller SAFE members applauded the change, with Tim Hogg of the School of Biotechnology of the Catholic University of Portugal noting, “The SAFE model of influencing financing for food safety research is useful and we want to stay a part of that.”



SAFE consortium Dissemination 2013-2014

SAFE consortium dissemination for 2013-2014 : view the summary here.

New SAFE Position Paper Released:May 2015

The SAFE Consortium announces the publication of its newest position paper:

Food Safety: The top priority on the horizon for the SAFE consortium.

Read the position paper on ISSUU, here.

You can also read and download this and other SAFE publications on ISSUU or on the SAFE consortium Publications link here.

Interesting Notes

Do you work for a SAFE consortium member institute?


Register as an Individual Member of the SAFE consortium and access Member's Only pages including downloads of documents and presentations, plus receive SAFE announcements directly by email !


Registration is simple. Send an email to the SAFE Scientific Secretary, Katherine Flynn, from your institution email address and include your three Food Safety interests.