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Driving contributions by 60+ actors and EU projects towards a science-based collective intelligence

Food: a priority for Europe

Food is Europe's largest sector in terms of employees and manufacturers. Food safety and health are priorities for citizens and consumers' health. Several actions and initiatives are ongoing to create sinergies towards a common goal: to ensure safe and healthy food in each step of the value chains

Multi-stakeholder platform for the EU Food Safety System

FOODSAFETY4EU project is contributing to enhancing and better structure the EU Food Safety System (FSS) through the co-design of an integrated and multi-stakeholder platform. Our collective effort is enabling a network of FSS actors at the national, European and international level to access resources and data efficiently, synchronise food safety research strategies, share and exchange scientific knowledge. Discover our community below!! This platform has been launched on the World Food Safety Day 2023! it is the new one-shot place to explore the Food Safety, with tools, resources, contacts, links that will facilitate our members to improve the Food Safety and make a more sustainable world!! Some sections are under construction and will be ready soon! Enjoy our platform:-)

A growing network covering 4 Hubs throughout Europe

The F4EU platform involves a network of 60+ Supporting Partners from different European areas, named "hubs". Our Supporting Partners cooperate within the platform by sharing news and information, participating in surveys and consultations, contributing to our FSOLab, thus providing a regional/national view in shaping the Food Safety System. Discover our supporting partners below!

The new platform has been created in response to the EU Commission call
to set a pathway for the future food safety systems.

Why a new platform?

ACTIVATE

activate the co-creation of strategies and their translation into policies and next funding programmes, by involving also the civil society

SUPPORT

support the food safety system transformation and flexibility in a challenging scenario

LISTEN

listen to needs by several players in the food safety system, that are often underestimated

DIGITALIZE

apply digital solutions and develop an integrated approach to managing

BOOST

boost cooperation within the system, by creating connections among different levels of interventions (i.e. Small and Medium enterprises with Authorities, or research)

In this page (map and below) you can see the starting network of 23 partners and our 44 Supporting partners
throughout Europe!
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The first nucleus of 44 Supporting Partners is being involved in the FS4EU project to share the vision of the future Food Safety System in Europe.

Food Safety Authorities, Research institutions and Academia, producers and consumers organizations participated already in our Kick-Off Meeting held on 29th January 2021.

They animated a nice discussion with the FS4EU partners and Advisors from EU Commission and EFSA.

In this first phase of the project, we launched international surveys and consultations to gather insights on emerging needs and perspectives for the Food Safety System.

The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe) is an Italian public health authority which conducts control and research activities and provides services in the fields of animal health, food safety and zoonoses. It was founded in 1929 in Padua and today it is part of the Italian National Health Service. The mission of the IZSVe is the preservation of public health, in terms of food safety and prevention of zoonoses, and animal welfare, in terms of animal health and living conditions.

CIAFRI intends to support effective and sustainable cooperation between scientific research and industry in the agri-food sector. CIAFRI aims to be an expert advisor, a hub of technology transfer and innovation and to be the strategic partner of the agri-food sector.

CREME Global is a scientific modelling, data analytics & computing company committed to helping organisations make better decisions. CREME Global is the data and technology partner to many of the biggest companies in the world.
Their mission is to enable better decision-making in a complex world using science and data.

As Ricciarelli we work every day to protect and enhance products from around the world, to create packaging of the highest level of quality and safety for any type of need and we do that in a close collaboration with the customer and we establish a partnership and trust with him, to giveo to the end-consumer the maximum result of safety, protection and quality of the offered product

The Sector Group Agri-Food has been established within the Enterprise Europe Network and is the largest group of experts with more than 95 experts from 23 countries worldwide. Its core activity is to help SMEs and startups tackle the old and new challenges that they have to face, meeting their current needs and/or triggering new ones, providing services accordingly. In this way, the Agri-Food Sector Group contributes to raise the resilience, sustainability and innovation capacity of SMEs, supporting their growth and competitiveness.

Food Hub SRL SB is an innovative startup that facilitates innovation in the agri-food sector through information, training, and open innovation services. Each day, we actively contribute to the growth and innovation of our industry with a consistent and high-quality approach.

SAFE – Safe Food Advocacy Europe is currently the only Brussels-based NGO ensuring that consumers’ health and concerns remain at the core of the EU’s food legislation. SAFE notably supports the development of policies and awareness-raising actions as well as takes part in several EU-funded projects aimed at reducing the environmental impact of the food sector, increasing sustainability and promoting healthier food environments for consumers.

ILVO conducts multidisciplinary, pioneering and independent research to build knowledge to improve agrifood products and production methods, to monitor the quality and safety of end products, and to improve policy instruments as the basis of sector development and rural policy. This knowledge is needed to produce sufficient, healthy and varied food for the 10 billion mouths that the world will have to feed in 2050, in a socially responsible manner, within planetary boundaries.

Barilla GR F.lli SPA is among the most global reputed companies, the largest Italian food products group, Global leader for pasta, Italy leader for bakery products, Continental Europe leader for sauces. More than 2,000,000 tons of Barilla daily products accompany millions of people during moments of consumption throughout the day, over 8590 employees, 20 brands, 30 production districts in 16 countries around the world.

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment is a federal food safety authority with a longstanding experience in assessing risks in food and feed as well as along the food chain from farm to fork.Through the independent scientific assessment, research and the transparent communication of health risks, BfR sets scientific standards in consumer health protection so that the world becomes a safer place for people to live.

FFoQSI is the Austrian Competence Centre for Feed and Food Quality, Safety & Innovation (www.ffoqsi.at ). Its mission is to advance feed and food production especially for medium and small scale agri-food chains. FFoQSI carries out research projects in teams of cooperation partners and acts as a multidisciplinary, multi-actor joint research innovation hub. The expertise of FFoQSI`s company partners covers e.g., biotechnological plant protection, agricultural engineering, production of feed and feed additives for farm animals, processing of animal derived foods, production and processing of plant-based foods, sensor technology, monitoring systems and the development of consumer devices.

The Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI) is the international non-profit network of individual scientists and scientific organizations working together to promote harmonization of global food safety regulations and legislation.

ISES Europe is an independent platform where stakeholders from society can exchange information and construct dialogues aiming at the identification of current and future scientific and policy needs and opportunities. ISES Europe will use the best dissemination strategies to ensure that needs and opportunities are communicated to relevant stakeholder groups such as academia, research funders, CEOs and competent authorities.

The FooD-STA project aims to set up an independent European training center
and sustainable, serving the needs of the food industry and training.

The Infrastructure for promoting Metrology in Food and Nutrition (METROFOOD-RI) is a new distributed Research Infrastructure aimed to promote scientific excellence in the field of food quality and safety. It provides high-quality metrology services in food and nutrition, comprising an important cross-section of highly interdisciplinary and interconnected fields throughout the food value chain, including agrifood, sustainable development, food safety, quality, traceability and authenticity, environmental safety, and human health.

COCERAL is the European association of trade in cereals, oilseeds, pulses, olive oil, oils and fats, animal feed and agro supply. It represents the interest of the European collectors, traders, importers, exporters and port silo storekeepers of the above-mentioned agricultural products.COCERAL’s mission is to represent the interests of the European trade in grains and oilseeds, feedstuffs, rice, olive oil, oils and fats and agro-supply towards the EU and international institutions, international bodies and stakeholders.

Unistock Europe is the European association of professional portside storekeepers for agribulk commodities within the European Union.

Euromalt is the trade association representing the malting industry in Europe. Established in 1959, it represents and promotes the interests of the European malting industry at EU and international levels, including issues affecting the supply chain, the manufacturing, distribution and trade of malt.

Constituted by a multidisciplinary scientific team, our activity focuses on the study of Agri-Food Biotechnology, dealing with aspects that vary from the study of agricultural biotechnology, through animal and microbial biotechnology.

The Association of Consumers and Users on the Network, CONSUMUR, is a non-profit organization that works actively in the defense of the rights of consumers and users.

It is an Autonomous corporate, its fundamental objectives are:
Promote food safety, offering guarantees and objective information to consumers and economic agents in the Spanish agri-food sector.
Plan, coordinate and develop strategies and actions that promote information, education and health promotion in the field of nutrition, and in particular, in the prevention of obesity.

DECO PROTESTE is the largest consumer protection organization in Portugal. Our activity aims to contribute to more informed, participative and demanding consumers.

Cittadinanzattiva (Active citizenship) is an Italian non-profit organization founded in 1978. It is independent from political parties, trade unions, private companies and public institutions. It is recognized as a consumer organization since 2000.
Cittadinanzattiva’s main objectives are the promotion of civic participation and the protection of citizens’ rights in Italy and in Europe.

The Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Umbria and Marche is a public health company that operates within the national health service, guaranteeing the veterinary system of the Regions of Umbria and Marche the services and the technical-scientific collaboration necessary for the completion of the functions in veterinary hygiene and public health.

At the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS), the main Italian research center on public health and the technical and scientific body of the Italian National Health Service, 2300 people work with the aim of protecting citizens’ health. Activities are distributed in 6 Departments and 24 Centers and other bodies. The Department of Food safety, nutrition and veterinary public health develops tools and strategies aimed at ensuring food safety, fighting zoonoses and promoting the adoption of healthy diets. It hosts several EURLs and NRLs.

The Ministry of Health is responsible for the protection of human health, coordination of the national health system, veterinary health, protection of occupational health, hygiene and food safety. It exercises these responsibilities while respecting the competences of the Regions.

The Agency is obliged to provide scientific advice and scientific and technical assistance to the legislation and policy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in all areas that have a direct or indirect impact on food and feed safety. It provides independent data on all issues within these areas and transmits risk data.

The Agency is the contact point for activities in the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

The Agency is obliged to contribute to a high level of protection of human life and health and, in that sense, to take care of animal health and welfare, plant health and the environment, on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Agency is obliged to collect and analyze data in order to enable the characterization and monitoring of risks that have a direct or indirect impact on food and feed safety.

The Agency’s tasks also include providing:

scientific advice, and scientific and technical assistance related to human nutrition in connection with the legislation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as assistance in communication related to nutrition issues within the health care program in Bosnia and Herzegovina,
scientific opinions on other issues related to animal health and welfare and plant health,
scientific opinions on products, including food and feed related to genetically modified organisms.
The Agency is obliged to provide scientific opinions that will serve as a scientific basis for the development and adoption of measures of the Council of Ministers, which are within the activities of the Agency.

The Agency is obliged to perform its tasks in conditions that will enable it to be a reference point thanks to its independence, scientific and technical quality of opinion it provides and the information it provides, transparency of its procedures and methods of work and attention to the tasks entrusted to it.

The Agency is obliged to act in close cooperation with the competent authorities, which are obliged within their competencies to ensure the fulfillment of the Agency’s tasks.

The Agency and the competent authorities shall cooperate in promoting effective linkages between risk assessment, risk management and risk disclosure functions.

Tasks of the Agency

The tasks of the Agency are as follows:

provides the competent authorities with the best scientific opinions in all subjects determined by the legislation and on all issues within its activities;
promotes and coordinates the development of unique methodologies for risk assessment in the areas within its activity,
initiates, prepares and organizes the development of implementing regulations from this law,
provides scientific and technical assistance to the competent authorities in the areas within its activity and, when requested, in the interpretation and consideration of risk assessment opinions,
makes scientific studies available within its activities,
searches, collects, compares, analyzes and summarizes scientific and technical data in the areas within its activity,
takes measures to identify and characterize the risks that arise in the areas within its activity,
establishes a system of networks of organizations operating in the areas within its activities and responsibilities for their activities,
provides scientific and technical assistance in crisis management procedures carried out by the competent authorities related to food and feed safety,
ensures that public bodies and stakeholders receive urgent reliable, objective and comprehensive information in the areas within the Agency’s activities,
expresses independently its own conclusions and directions in matters within its competence.
The Agency also performs other tasks determined by law and other regulations.

Institute of Food Technology (FINS) is one of the leading research institutes in the field of food and feed science and
technology and dissemination of knowledge in Serbia and South Eastern Europe. The Institute is a member of various international organizations and platforms: FOODForce, Food for Life, ISEKI, EFFOST, IFIF, EUFETEC, Animal Task Force, and others. The research and business strategy of the Institute is in line with the national and European strategy of priority research and development in the field of food and agriculture, whose primary criterion is: promotion in sustainable management of food production, creation and exploitation of biological potentials and development of new technologies and products in the agro-food chain.

Campden BRI Hungary is an independent non-profit R+D+I institute serving the needs of the food industry, related industries, and agriculture. It is the successor of the Hungarian Refrigeration Development and Quality Testing Institute, therefore it gained more decades of R+D experience in Hungary.

World’s leading testing, inspection and certification company.

Central state authority that implements a policy on food safety and veterinary medicine

The National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine is one of the leading institutions of education, science and culture in Ukraine.
The mission of the University is to create, systematize, store and spread current scientific knowledge in order to improve the quality of people’s life; train specialists due to European and world intellectual and personal development.

DAS Foundation is a non-profit organisation with mission to promote the principles of a knowledge-based society. Our activities focus on two primary goals: bridging the gap between innovative ideas and their implementation, and using ICT solutions for tackling the challenges of the modern society.

The Poznań University of Life Sciences takes a leading position in rankings of universities of life sciences and biological sciences in Poland.

Develops scientific, educational and dissemination activities in the field of food sciences and technologies and related fields, with particular emphasis on physical, chemical and biological phenomena, as well as on engineering and economic problems related to the processing and storage of raw materials, semi-finished products and food products, as well as the dissemination of scientific results and the exchange of experiences, taking into account the needs and benefits of the national economy

The Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (SUA, est. 1952) ranks among the top Slovak HEIs for the high quality of its teaching and research. SUA cultivates close and productive links with its local and regional community and expands its work at an international level in both teaching and scientific research. It has also a strong tradition of working in collaboration with business and industry and playing an active role in economic regeneration. SUA consists of 6 faculties: Faculty of Agrobiology and Food resources, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Management, Faculty of European Studies and Regional, Development, Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering and Faculty of Engineering. SUA currently offers 41 bachelors, 28 master and 21 doctoral study programmes. SUA is a strategic member of several associations, as well as clusters.

ANSVSA is a public authority with a major role in developing the legislative framework in the food safety area, as well as in designing and implementing of the official control system regarding food safety. We are interested in being an active support-partner of the project by participating in events, seminars and workshops for the exchange of information and experience. ANSVSA expresses its full commitment to contribute in achieving the project results, by collaborating with the project team and participating in its activities.

ANSVSA can also contribute with data and experience in drafting and implementing legislation, seeking a better knowledge of the legislation from the operators and from the consumers a better understanding and confidence in the role of the regulatory authorities for ensuring a safe market for food products.”

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA, SZPI) is an administrative authority of the Czech Republic which is subordinate to the Ministry of Agriculture. It is a public administration body supervising particularly safety, quality and proper labelling of food. It is based in Brno and employs approximately 560 people (as of 31 December 2019). Since 2013, its Director General is Mr. Martin Klanica.
The scope of CAFIA activities is defined by Act No. 146/2002 Coll., on the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority and on the amendment of certain related acts. CAFIA deals with inspections of production and import of food of non-animal origin, placing of food of animal and non-animal origin on the market and inspections of labelling. Tobacco products and food contact materials also fall within the remit of CAFIA. Since 2015, CAFIA’s responsibility has been extended by inspecting of advertising and inspecting of public catering sector. CAFIA’s activities are determined by EU legislation as well as Czech national regulations.

By proposing new orientations through research, innovation and support for public policies to support the emergence of sustainable agricultural and food systems, INRAE aims to provide solutions for life, people and the earth.

CIRAD is the French agricultural research and cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions.

More than 80 sites in France, Actia Centres intervene in all sectors of the food industries and in the non-food promotion of agricultural products (biotechnology, fine chemistry and pharmacy).
Actia drives and energises this unique development, information and training network by bringing each member’s expertise and complementary skills into play. Through its incentive, coordination and communication missions, Actia is a key component of the food world.

Our job is to use our expertise and influence so that people can trust that the food they buy and eat is safe and honest.

The FoodTech Data Navigator is the world’s first Agri Food Tech data intelligence platform that helps professional investors, corporate executives and entrepreneurs to discover and track the key Agri Food Tech players of the global ecosystem including startup and scaleup companies, international accelerators and incubators as well as Corporate Venture Capital and institutional investors.

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) monitors animal and plant health, animal welfare, and the safety of food and consumer products, as well as enforcing nature legislation. The three main tasks of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority are: supervision, risk assessment and risk communication.

Test Aankoop is an independent, non-profit organization that acts entirely in the best interests of consumers. Our goal is to inform, advocate and represent consumers.
We work with complete independence, whether financially, politically or ideologically.
All the profits that we derive from our activities are redeployed to support our mission.

FOODforce is a network of leading European research provider organisations active in the areas of food, nutrition and health. FOODforce provides a proactive forum for discussions on delivery of best practice and societal impact and facilitates international aspects of knowledge exchange and innovation, both within and outside the European Union.

Fevia, the Belgian Food Industry Federation, aims to be the engine of sustainable growth for a competitive and strong food industry. In order to achieve this sustainable growth, Fevia, Fevia Vlaanderen and Fevia Wallonie enter into dialogue with all the actors concerned: the authorities, the academic world, social organizations, suppliers, customers and consumer organizations.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” as the saying goes, but more than a simple slogan is necessary to keep well. This blog provides easily digestible, but science-based, food safety hints to assist in protecting overall health.

National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute, as a risk assessment body in Lithuania, carrying out an assessment of risk factors and providing scientific and technical assistance for risk management in food safety and veterinary fields, is working closely with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The state is obliged to monitor that the consumed in our diet is safe despite its origin. To this end, the Ministry of Rural Affairs develops requirements and legislation and organises national inspection and monitoring of the food chain.
In order to ensure food safety, the Ministry develops legislation related to food hygiene, food additives and contaminants and labelling, food contact materials and articles, novel foods and genetically modified organisms and other food groups or participates in the development of this legislation in the European Union decision-making process.

The Finnish Food and Drink Industries’ Federation (ETL) represents Finnish companies in the food and drink industries in labour market and industry policy contexts. The aim of the federation is to influence the operating environment of the field to accommodate the success of companies in Finland and to also help them extend their activities to the international market.

SafeConsume

The ambition of SafeConsume is to initiate a new and broader approach in future research, innovation, education and food safety policy, widening the space of opportunities for improving food safety.

SHEALTHY

SHEALTHY proposal aims to assess and develop an optimal combination of non-thermal sanitization, preservation and stabilization methods to improve the safety (inactivation of pathogens and spoilage microorganisms), while preserving the nutritional and organoleptic quality and prolonging the shelf-life of fresh and minimally processed F&V products.

MYCOBOOST

MYCOBOOST – Boosting knowledge and harmonisation in the mycotoxin field through sustainable scientific alliances” is a Partnering Grant project granted by European Food Safety Authority – GP/EFSA/ENCO/2020/03.

ProFuture

There is an increasing demand for sustainable protein sources as an alternative to conventional animal-based foods and feeds. Therefore, the EU-funded project ProFuture aims to scale up microalgae production and prepare the market uptake of microalgae proteins as ingredients for innovative and sustainable food and feed products.

The project looks at the entire supply chain to minismise land, water and energy use, making microalgae cultivation more efficient, sustainable and affordable. With cost-effective production processes and innovative technology, the project helps create protein-rich ingredients from microalgae biomasses to make foods and feeds that are nutritious and tasty.

MycoTWIN

MycoTWIN – “Enhancing Research and Innovation Capacity of TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center  on Mycotoxigenic Fungi and Mycotoxins” is conducted to significantly strengthen research on mycotoxigenic fungi and mycotoxins between TÜBİTAK, the Institute of Sciences of Food Production-National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ISPA) and the University of Valencia – Spain (UV).

MycoTWIN supports the entire value chain from planning of the cropping system to cultivation of crops, harvest, storage, transport, processing and consuming, all of which can be affected by mycotoxins. The project is funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement no 952337

TITAN

TITAN project aims to provide an extensive platform for the development of a wide range of innovations that will enhance transparency on the food supply chain, in the areas of food safety and authenticity, traceability, health and sustainability, thus addressing the key challenges identified in the European Green Deal

PHENOLEXA

PHENOLEXA is a research and innovation project funded by Horizon 2020 with the aim of creating a safe, effective, and environmentally friendly biorefinery process to obtain high-value polyphenolic bioactive compounds with preserved, tailored, and/or improved functionality and targeted biological activities (antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antiviral, anti-ageing, mood stabilizing), for use in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cosmetic products. To put it simply – to valorise peals, leaves and prunings of different feedstock that otherwise will go to waste. 

“PHENOLEXA is just the project we need to create a circular economy and decrease our insufficiency in the agricultural sector. We are taking up a challenge to upcycle the feedstock to higher-value products”. 

DISH Cluster

The DISH Cluster is a synergy created within the Horizon Result Booster, a European Commission initiative for steering research towards strong societal impact, concretising the value of R&I activity for societal challenges between SafeConsume, Eat2benice, FoodSafety4EU, Stance4Health and One Health EJP TOXOSOURCES.

Innovation in Food Safety

FS4EU has collected the innovative solutions and practices existing in our community through a survey – for our FS4EU platform partners and supporting partners to unveil the innovation potential.

The results are being used to feed and boost emerging innovation topics to finalize the FS4EU Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA).

The main innovative solutions and/or methodology will be presented at the EU Food Safety Forum in Brussels (28-29 November 2023).
They will be exploited with stakeholders and potentially interested users during the networking and cooperation sessions.

Including innovation in the platform is a key step to better link the Food Safety Systems actors and facilitate contacts: together we can grow and ensure a safer and more sustainable Food System in Europe!

In view of launching the Knowledge Center on Food Safety, we invite supporting partners and stakeholders to send materials and resources that can be exploited in our platform, including digital tools that can help practitioners, food business operators, researchers and innovators to address the main food safety innovation issues!!

If you wish to contribute, please send an e-mail to nunzia.cito@ispa.cnr.it with the subject: FS4EU – innovative solutions.
Thank you!

A pathway for cooperation can be tailored to our Supporting Partners (SP) according to their desidered level of interest/influence in the Food Safety System.

At a first level of engagement, a FS4EU Supporting Partner can integrate and exchange information, news, tools and experiences, as well as new solutions for the food safety; at following levels, the SP can share approaches, by participating in the project consultations through surveys, opinions, expertises and can be involved in project events, meetings and initiatives.

An upper level of engagement includes different and increasing forms of cooperation within the project, through collaboration – participation – committment.

It means that a FS4EU Supporting Partner can have the opportunity to become member of the platform and participate in the exclusive FS4EU Forum that will be held in 2023 in Bruxelles with the main actors of the European Food Safety System.

SUPPORTING PARTNERS ENGAGEMENT PROCESS
CONSULTATION
Want to share data or opinions with us about the future for EU Food Safety?
INVOLVEMENT
Want to support FS4EU initiatives, or play an expert role in events and meetings?
COOPERATION
Want to get involved with FS4EU’s working groups? or would you like to cooperate with us?
PARTNERSHIP
Want to be part of the FS4EU platform and contribute to define the next EU Food Safety System?
COMMITMENT
Want to become a full member of the FS4EU platform, and get in charge of various core activities?

FOODSAFETY4EU PROJECT

the H2020 coordination and support action

FoodSafety4EU is a collaborative action to support the European Commission (EC) in shaping the Food Safety System of the future. The 3 years project is delivering solutions to support the EC in its endeavour in aligning research, policy and innovation with the societal needs and perspectives and improving food safety across Europe.