Food improvement agents applications: Tools

The Food Enzyme Intake Model (FEIM) is a tool for estimating chronic dietary exposure to food enzymes used in food processes.

FEIM follows the methodology recommended in the CEF Panel’s Statement on Exposure assessment of food enzymes. It has been developed on the basis of summary statistics of food consumption data collected from Member States (stored in the EFSA Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database). Dietary data from the UK were included in FEIM when the UK was a member of the European Union.

FEIM comprises process-specific calculators, such as FEIM-baking or FEIM-brewing, which allow estimation of dietary exposure to food enzymes used in individual food manufacturing processes. Exposure results are reported at mean and high level for different population groups (e.g. infants, toddlers, adults, etc.) in different countries.

FEIM can be accessed via the EFSA Knowledge Junction. It will be updated annually as further process-specific calculators are generated and adopted by the CEF Panel. Each release uses the most recent consumption data from the Comprehensive Database.

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The SHEALTHY project collaboration enriches the FS4EU project family

The FS4EU welcomes the project SHEALTHY– Non-Thermal physical technologies to preserve healthiness of fresh and minimally processed fruit and vegetables.

SHEALTHY project aims to assess and develop an optimal combination of non-thermal sanitization, preservation and stabilization methods to improve the safety, while preserving the nutritional quality and prolonging the shelf-life of minimally F&V products.

SHEALTHY project foresees actions of cooperation with other international fundedprojects, to improve knowledge and collaboration and exchange
information, joint activities, capitalization of public results, and
dissemination including the co-organization of the international
events. For this reason, both parties expressed interest to set
a pathway for cooperation within the framework of the FS4EU
roadmap, with particular focus on communication and dissemination activities.

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Sustainable EU food system –new initiative

This initiative aims to make the EU food system sustainable and to integrate sustainability into all food-related policies.

It will lay down general principles and objectives, together with the requirements and responsibilities of all actors in the EU food system.

More specifically, it will lay down rules on:

  • sustainability labelling of food products
  • minimum criteria for sustainable public procurement of food
  • governance and monitoring.

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FoodEx2 maintenance 2021

FoodEx2 is a comprehensive food classification and description system developed and maintained by EFSA to cover the needs of data collections in different domains. To ensure its full applicability, the system needs to be kept up to date and therefore, a regular maintenance of the system is needed. Four major updates were carried out so far and all performed changes are described in the annual maintenance reports.

This technical report describes the outcome of the fifth maintenance process done in 2021 which contained addition of new terms, reportability changes of some terms and amendments to existing terms including enrichment of implicit facets and changes of the parent‐child relationship.

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The 2020 European Union Report on pesticide residues in food

EFSA has published the latest annual report on #PesticidesResidues in food. It includes an analysis of more than 12,000 samples from 12 food products randomly collected as part of the EU-coordinated control programme – EU MACP. In 2020, those food products, which are sampled every three years, were: carrots, cauliflowers, kiwi fruits, onions, oranges, pears, potatoes, dried beans, brown rice, rye grain, bovine liver, and poultry fat.

The detailed results of the EU MACP are available on the website as browsable charts and graphs.

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EIT Food celebrates sustainable aquaculture
innovations to address UN SDGs at Showcase

It is clear that aquaculture is a key food system in addressing
several of the UN targets around the ocean, land, climate
change, sustainable consumption and production, but always
with a strong drive to end hunger and poverty. As highlighted
at the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, there is a greater
understanding of how sustainable seafood can meaningfully
contribute to and be at the heart of global food systems.

At the EIT Food Aquaculture Showcase event, 12 EIT Food
partners presented their aquaculture projects which are
transforming aquatic farming into a more sustainable,
profitable and efficient sector.

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METROFOOD-PP WEBINAR SERIES – on-line, open free webinars

The METROFOOD-PP webinar series will start the 7th of February 2022, for 8 Mondays till the 28th of March.

Each Monday two or three webinars will be hold from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, 2:00 to 3:00 and 3:00 to 4:00 PM CET.

Each webinar will last for 45 min (35 min presentation, 10 min discussion).

A certificate of attendance will be released for the participation to each webinar.

Full agenda, registration and additional info here!

Food Systems Policy Tool – A tool to help governments deliver healthier diets and sustainable food systems

The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition has developed a Food Systems Policy Tool to support the delivery of national nutrition strategies.

It is designed to help bridge the policy gap between those who create food, nutrition and agricultural policies and those responsible for implementing those policies.

The tool addresses malnutrition in all its forms in the broader context of climate change, environmental deterioration, human health and diet quality, and aims to support the implementation of integrated national strategies on the ground.

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Time for closer collaboration in food safety assessment?

The European food safety ecosystem is facing a significant challenge: the complexity of the underlying science is relentlessly increasing. The main drivers for this development are the exponential growth of data and evidence, the sophistication of assessment methodologies and the continuous emergence of new toxicological criteria.

Furthermore, the speed of technological innovation combined with the desire for openness and a more holistic assessment approach present both challenges and opportunities for EFSA and the larger European and global food safety ecosystem.

Therefore, a need emerges to rethink how each actor of the food safety ecosystem can contribute its knowledge within a community to tackle complexity as a team.

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EU One Health report: drop in reported zoonotic diseases in humans and foodborne outbreaks in 2020

Campylobacteriosis was the most reported zoonosis in the EU in 2020, with 120,946 cases compared to more than 220,000 the previous year. It was followed by salmonellosis, which affected 52,702 people compared to 88,000 in 2019.

The number of reported foodborne outbreaks also fell by 47%. These findings are based on the annual EU One Health zoonosis report, by EFSA and ECDC.

Experts acknowledged the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe in the remarkable drop in reported zoonotic diseases in humans – ranging from 7% to 53% depending on the reported disease in question – and foodborne outbreaks.

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