The platform is growing in 2022 : FFoQSI has joined FoodSafety4EU

To celebrate this promising year 2022, we are glad to disclose that the FoodSafety4EU network of Supporting Partners is welcoming a new stakeholder from in Western Europe: FFoQSI (Austria)

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FFoQSI has signed an agreement with FoodSafety4EU to collaborate in sharing knowledge and experiences, as well as participate in consultations, meetings and events, dissemination and communication.

As an Austrian public-funded, multi-university co-owned, innovation and science program, its mission lies in investigating critical issues along the entire value chains of feed (plant-based) and food (animal and plant-based), with a focus on innovative approaches to reduce food waste (circularity) and mitigate chemical and microbial contaminants.

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Through the signing of a mutual cooperation agreement, Pr Rudolf Krska is leading the collaboration in FFoQSI, and will take part in the FS4EU participatory process, from exchanging practices, network and knowledge, to the communication/dissemination effort needed to successfully build a multi-stakeholder sustainable platform for Food Safety in the EU.

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Welcome on board, FFoQSI!

One Health and food safety are intertwined and indivisible

“The causes of today’s most pressing problems – such as the climate crisis, hunger, poverty and pandemic disease – are extremely complex, and interrelated”.

An explanation of the relation between the One Health approach and food safety has been released by Jeffrey LeJeune, FAO Food Safety Officer.

One Health is an integrated approach for preventing and mitigating health threats at the animal-human-plantenvironment interfaces.

Food safety has a significant impact on human health, and food, which is essential for human survival, comes from plants and animals.

Food safety is a core tenet of One Health that provides an opportunity for people of different sectors and disciplines to join together to promote better health for people, the planet and animals.

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ETP ‘Food for Life’: Priorities for the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2023-2024

The ETP ‘Food for Life’ has analysed the Horizon Europe work programme 2021-2022 in the light of its own strategic documents and has identified many shared R&I priorities.

These include alternative food sources, sustainable packaging, food safety, microbiome and the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

However, there are still important R&I gaps that need to be addressed for the next Horizon Europe Work Programme 2023- 2024 if the EU wants to achieve the ambitious policy goals set out in the Farm to Fork strategy, the Digital strategy, the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and the Food2030 vision, among others.

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EFSA 82nd Advisory Forum Meeting

On 1-2 December 2021 the EFSA 82nd Advisory Forum Meeting took place online, focused on EU priorities for research initiatives, as well as risk assessment and risk communication issues.

Our project coordinator, Veronica Lattanzio, joined the discussion, presenting FoodSafty4EU.

All the documents and presentations coming from the meeting are available online here.

A long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas

A vibrant tapestry of life and landscapes, Europe’s rural areas provide us with our food, homes, jobs, and essential ecosystems services.

To ensure that rural areas can continue to play these essential roles, a European Commission communication sets out a long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas up to 2040.

It identifies areas of action towards stronger, connected, resilient and prosperous rural areas and communities.

A Rural Pact will mobilise public authorities, and stakeholders to act on the needs and aspirations of rural residents.

The accompanying EU Rural Action Plan will foster territorial cohesion and create new opportunities to attract innovative businesses, provide access to quality jobs, promote new and improved skills, ensure better infrastructure and services, and leverage the role of sustainable agriculture and diversified economic activities.

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EIT Food online course: Improving Food Production with Agricultural Technology and Plant Biotechnology

Are you inspired to join the next generation of scientists and tackle challenges in food security?

On this course, you will get access to innovative research solutions that address some of the biggest issues in food, agriculture, and plant biotechnology.

The course focuses on:
• Plant biotechnology;
• Agricultural technology;
• Food science;


Who should join the course?
This course is designed for 16-19 year olds studying biology related STEM subjects at A level or undergraduate level. It will also appeal to adults interested in the technology behind food production.

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DATA & TRENDS OF THE EUROPEAN FOOD AND DRINK INDUSTRY 2021

FoodDrinkEurope’s latest Data & Trends 2021 report is now available, providing comprehensive statistics and insights on the EU food and drink industry.

Data & Trends 2021 shows that the EU food and drink industry employs 4.5 million people, generates a turnover of €1.1 trillion and €222 billion in value added, making it one of the largest manufacturing industries in the EU. In half of the EU’s 27 Member States, the food and drink industry is the biggest manufacturing employer. This year’s edition includes the latest data on sustainability, the EU-UK food and drink trade, consumer expectations, and a look at our food future.

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Glyphosate: public consultation opened by EFSA & ECHA

EFSA and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have started parallel consultations on the initial scientific evaluations of glyphosate. The consultations will run for 60 days and all interested parties are encouraged to contribute. 

In the parallel consultations, EFSA will gather feedback on the renewal assessment report on glyphosate. ECHA’s consultation is on the harmonised classification and labeling report.

Glyphosate currently has a harmonised classification as causing serious eye damage and as toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects, prior to and following the assessment by ECHA in 2017. Classification for germ cell mutagenicitycarcinogenicity, or reproductive toxicity was not considered to be warranted. The initial scientific evaluation from the AGG does not recommend a change to the existing classification.

EFSA will take the outcome of ECHA’s opinion on the classification of glyphosate into account in its peer review and is expected to finalise its work in the second half of 2022. The European Commission, together with risk managers from the 27 EU Member States, will then decide whether to renew the approval of glyphosate for use in the EU.

To take part in EFSA’s consultation follow this link (deadline: 22nd of November)

Funding and food safety research: updates from EFSA

EFSA selected over 60 funding opportunities to give an overview of upcoming calls related to food safety. This will allow researchers and stakeholders to quickly find funding opportunities.

The selection includes a wide range of topics and areas, all referring and contributing to the One Health approach, the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork strategy.  

In the Research Platform EFSA’s online support area the food safety research community can also find access tools to funding programmes, knowledge centre, partner search, finally research projects and ideas. Look for calls at this link.

Launch of EU mission: Soil Deal for Europe

The EU Commission has just launched five new EU missions, one of them is the “Soil deal for Europe”. Missions are a new collaborative approach designed to tackle some of the main challenges of our times. They provide a mandate to achieve specific goals in a set timeframe.

The main objective of this particular mission on soil is to create 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils, as “Soil degradation in the EU currently costs more than €50 billion per year”.

Actions within this mission:

  • €320 million in seed funding for projects relating to soil issues during the period 2021-23 (Horizon Europe programme)
  • A first wave of living labs in regions all over Europe
  • An international research consortium on soil carbon sequestration and establish a coordination platform to oversee the network of 100 living labs and lighthouses
  • EIP-AGRI will run campaign on soil health with a focus on the farming and forestry sectors

More information: https://bit.ly/3iuhnbi

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