FSO Lab 4 – 1st Interactive Workshop

14-15th September 2021, FSO lab4 launched its first of three interactive workshops. The lab, managed and facilitated by Dr. Line Friis Lindner and Dr. Katherine Flynn from ISEKI-Food Association, aims at co-creating novel and innovative communication methods informing civil society about food safety research and the risk assessment process.

More than 20 lab participants representing food safety authorities, the food industry and consumer associations worked together in an online setting, developing pilot ideas for novel communication methods to be piloted by food safety authorities, the food industry and consumer associations as project partners of FoodSafety4EU. 

Stay tuned to learn more about the progresses of the FSOLab4 activities!

The next workshop will take place on 8-9 November 2021.

Our platform is growing! – INRAE and SafeConsume are new #FS4EU Supporting Partners

We are glad to announce that the FoodSafety4EU network of Supporting Partners was recently enriched by new stakeholders. Indeed, INRAE and SafeConsume project has recently signed two agreements with FoodSafety4EU to collaborate in common research and dissemination activities.

FoodSafety4EU is pleased to welcome INRAE as a supporting partner of our platform. The cooperation – led by INRAE expert Jeanne-Marie Membre – includes mainly knowledge exchange and joint dissemination activities. It will start very soon this month with the participation of INRAE experts in FSOLab on the “harmonization and integration of procedures/enforcement for food safety in Europe”.

“Safer food through changed consumer behavior: effective tools and products, communication strategies, education and a food safety policy reducing health burden from foodborne illnesses” that’s the main objective of the SafeConsume project, is a multi-actor research and innovation project granted by the EC within the H2020 Programme.
SafeConsume and FoodSafety4EU projects signed a mutual cooperation agreement regarding the exchange of knowledge and experiences, dissemination and communication, participation in consultations, meetings and events. Stay tuned to know more on this collaboration!

FSOLab 4 – Novel Communication Methods

14-15 September 2021, FSO lab4 launched its first of three interactive workshops. The lab, managed and facilitated by Dr. Line Friis Lindner and Dr. Katherine Flynn from ISEKI-Food Association, aims at co-creating novel and innovative communication methods informing civil society about food safety research and the risk assessment process.

More than 20 lab participants representing food safety authorities, the food industry and consumer associations will work together in an online setting, developing pilot ideas for novel communication methods to be piloted by food safety authorities, the food industry and consumer associations as project partners of FoodSafety4EU.

Stay tuned to learn more about the progress of the FSOLab4 activities! 

The next workshop will take place on 8-9 November 2021.

FSOLab3 Online Workshop – 01-02 September 2021

FSOLab3 – workshop 1 took place during 1-2 September and it was conducted by Dr. Denisa Duta (IBA Bucharest) and facilitated by BiancaMaria Ciasco (CNR).

The main goal of FSOLab3 – a series of 3 separate workshops- is to develop Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) in Food Safety addressing the fragmentation of the Food Safety Stakeholders, policy priorities and emerging technologies.

During the first workshop of FSOLab3, the group of experts analyzed the existing Research and Innovation Strategies, Research Programmes, Implementation Plans (provided draft) related to food safety areas, identified gaps and improved the approaching of food safety in a systematic way and identified two pilot ideas in the Food Safety sector to achieve a coherent SRIA.

The workshop was based on a creative interaction between almost 20 participants, all of them have valuable experience in Food Safety areas who voted among the challenges and R&D directions for the future.

We will keep you posted about the next actions!

Antimicrobial resistance: new evidence in poultry from EFSA

One of the top priorities addressed by the European Union in these years is the anti-microbial resistance, both in animals and in human beings.

This week, EFSA has just published an opinion based on the assessment of diseases in poultry caused by bacteria resistant to antimicrobials.

The assessment – based on information collected by an extensive literature review and expert judgement – identified the bacteria with the most relevant antimicrobial resistance, based on the available evidence: the animal health impact of them will be assessed in separated scientific opinions.

More information and the opinion are available here.

Photo by Henrique S. Ruzzon on Unsplash

The EU invests over €310 million in research to support sustainability in agriculture, forestry, marine and bio- based sectors

The European Commission has selected 44 projects to address global challenges such as food security and climate change mitigation.


The new projects will receive over €310 million EU funding from Horizon 2020, the European Unions’ €80 billion research and innovation programme from 2014 to 2020.

Averaging €7 millions of investment, the projects will develop innovative solutions to increase animal welfare and promote biodiversity rich agriculture as well as healthy and safe food.
In addition, they will ensure the sustainable management of soils and marine ecosystems and the development of microbiome applications.

Finally, the projects will boost the digital revolution and new value chains in rural economies.

For further information please visit this link

FSOLab 2 online Workshop – 27-28th July 2021

On July 27-28th the first workshop of the FSOLab2 took place. The lab, led by Prof. Michael Rychlik and Dr. Tamara Stelzl from Technical University Munich (TUM), focused on the Research programmes and funding opportunities in the food safety area.

The first workshop, run by the Lab Manager and facilitated by Claudia Iasillo (APRE) aimed at generating new ideas in the general frame of the lab objective to better align research programmes and funding opportunities at national and EU level, and it was the kick-starter activity of the Social Lab. 

The Social Lab is composed by around twenty Lab members, representing different categories in the food safety ecosystem, who worked together for 2 days to develop new ideas through a process designed to stimulate collective thinking and to bring in different perspectives towards the achievement of a common goal. 

Three different pilot activities were discussed and prototyped by the group and now they will be further analyzed by the FoodSafet4EU project’s stakeholders and experts.  

Stay tuned to know more about the progresses of the FSOLab2 activities! 

Understanding the connectivity between European and African food systems

On June 22, 2021, a workshop was organized by the Knowledge Centre for Global Food and Nutrition Security (KC-FNS), to bring together the postharvest losses and the mycotoxins research networks in Africa and reflect on links and research priorities, which are relevant to both communities. Monica Ermolli, responsible at KC-FNS for activity related to the priority topic: “Mycotoxin” chaired one of the working groups.

Many expectations and hopes are pinned on the newly created African Food Safety Authority, which aims to address continental standardization and coordination of food safety systems. (https://au.int/en/pressreleases/20210608/continental-consultative-meeting-held-develop-africa-food-safety-strategy ). On the other hand, significant investments by both the public and private sector are needed to improve compliance with internationally accepted food safety requirements.

Veronica Lattanzio (FoodSafety4EU project coordinator), and Antonio Logrieco (FoodSafety4EU network coordinator) attended the workshop to enter into dialogue with KC-FNS on the impact of the EU Food Safety System dynamics on the African food system.

In this framework, the FoodSafety4EU community platform could be considered as a potential model to be implemented in Africa upon proper adaptation, as this newborn platform is a network of Food Safety System actors providing scientific advice and technical support for the EU food safety policies in close cooperation with EFSA –  European Food Safety Authority.

Learn more in the meeting report.

Veronica Lattanzio (CNR), Antonio Logrieco (CNR), Monica Ermolli (KC-FNS)

EC launches a public consultation on review of the EU marketing standards for agricultural products

On 8th of June 2021, the Commission launched a public consultation, which aims to gather views on policy options for a possible revision of the EU marketing standards for agricultural products. The consultation addresses in particular the potential of marketing standards to increase the supply of sustainable products and to streamline the current legislation.


The consultation is open until the 31st of August 2021.


The consultation targets operators in the food supply chain such as producers, traders, retailers, and their associations, consumers, civil society organisations and national authorities.
Announced in the Farm to fork strategy, the review follows an overall evaluation process of the EU marketing standards laid down in the common market organisation, the ‘breakfast directives’ and Commission acts.

Information for participating in the public consultation are available here.

Join the #EUFoodDialogues!

The European Commission is organising an online high-level event on 16 July (10-15 CET, Brussels time) for policymakers, stakeholders and citizens to express views on the different aspects of the transition to sustainable food systems and contribute to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. 

The morning’s interactive sessions will review and discuss the outcomes of the Citizens’ Dialogue sessions held on 12-13 July and consider the results. The topics that will be addressed are:

  • Sustainable food production
  • Healthy diets concepts
  • Food waste prevention
  • Labelling techniques

In the afternoon, two panels discussions will be organised on topics relevant for the Summit such as ‘Addressing global food crises’ and ‘How to promote a sustainable food chain?’

Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, French and German for this high-level even

You can participate by filling in the registration form available here!

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