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SAFE Announcements and Events:

  • Global Food Safety Summit: 12-13 Sept 2018

    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 include case study experiences. Networking opportunities are plentiful as representatives from major food and beverage producers, suppliers and retailers will participate.

    Read about last year's summit, including a link to the SAFE consortium presentation given by SAFE Executive Board member Oddur Gunnarsson from Matis Ltd., Iceland here.

    SAFE members enjoy a special reduced registration, 20% off with code TSC20 and 30% off for groups of 3+ with code TSC30.

    See the event programme here.

    Read more about the event and link to the registration here.

  • Biotechnology and Quality of Raw Materials and Foodstuffs: 17-19 Sept 2018

    The Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences of the Slovak University of Agriculture at Nitra, a SAFE member since January 2018, announces the 13th International Conference on Biotechnology and Quality of Raw Materials and Foodstuffs. SAFE consortium Scientific Secretary will give a Plenary Lecture, Sparking New Life into Food Safety Research.

    The conference will take place from 17-19 September 2018 at the Smolenice Castle in Smolenice, Slovak Republic. Sessions include

    • Biotechnology and Molecular Biology
    • Food Design and Innovation
    • Personalized Nutrition and Health
    • Innovation Trends in Food Industry

    Abstracts for poster and oral presentations will be accepted until July 31 2018. Following, papers will be published in the Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences. See instructions for authors.

    Look forward to meeting you there!

  • SAFE Special Issue in TIFS. Autumn 2018

    SAFE consortium members will publish a Special Issue of Trends in Food Science &Technology in autumn 2018.

    Keeping Food Safety on the Agenda for 15 Years: The SAFE Consortium

    There are five food safety themes in the Special Issue, each led by a SAFE member:

    1. The Circular Bioeconomy, by Matis Ltd in Iceland
    2. Safe Nutrients, by IBA in Romania
    3. Emerging Microbial Threats, by CNR-DiSBA in Italy
    4. Chemical Hazards, by AZTI in Spain
    5. Risk Communication, by Nofima in Norway

    The release EVENT will take place in Brussels in autumn 2018. Stay tuned for further information. 



     

  • GHI Congress on Food Safety and Security: 24 March 2019

    The Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI) is an international non-profit network founded in 2004 to promote harmonization of global food safety regulations and legislation. Read more about GHI here.

    GHI will hold its first World Congress to address the problem of differences in regulations between countries and scientifically unjustified food scares which lead to the destruction and/or refusal of safe food. Read more about the Congress here.

    The GHI World Congress will be a platform for presenting the most suitable assays for food safety assessments within different fileds - chemistry and microbiology to genetic toxicology and genomics. Congress participants will produce a declaration which calls for and establishes a target to change regulations based on available knowledge.

    SAFE consortium is a GHI Supporting Organization.

    Early bird registration is open, €595 before 1 Oct. Register here.

     

  • SAFE Executive Board and Member Meetings 2018-19 JUNE

    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.

     

MATIS (Iceland)

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matisMatis Ltd. is a dynamic R&D company active in food safety, food processing and product development, biotechnology and novel products. Matis is located in 10 cities or towns around Iceland and has approximately110 employees; about 29 have a Ph.D. degree. Matis has strong connections to the universities in Iceland and about 8 PhD students and many M.Sc students are doing their research at Matis in cooperation with the industry in Iceland and abroad. The company is government-owned and was established January 1, 2007 following the merger of three former public food research institutes.

Matis has been a member of the SAFE consortium since 2008.

The primary aim of Matis is to increase the value of food processing and food production, through research, development, dissemination of knowledge and consultancy, as well as to ensure the safety and quality of food and feed products.
Matis works closely with stakeholders throughout the entire value chain, covering all aspects of the food processing and biotechnology industry and has strong relations with both academia and industry. Matis has a reputation for combining applied, near-market research with state-of-the-art, cutting-edge fundamental science to underpin the applied work.  In the area of food safety, Matis is responsible for identifying the food pathogens and contaminants that are likely to occur in Iceland as well as giving advice on sampling  methods  and analysis of food samples. It also follows closely all developments concerning food safety on an international level, which includes following the occurrence of various food safety hazards, development of analytical methods, evaluating emerging risks and the likelihood of them spreading to Iceland. Finally, Matis provides the Icelandic authorities with information and consultation on necessary actions to tackle food safety hazards.

Matis is comprised of five divisions: Analysis & Consulting; Biotechnology & Biomolecules; Food Safety, Environment & Genetics; Innovation & Consumers; Value Chain, Processing & Aquaculture. These five divisions cover all major areas relating to food, environment and biotech activities.


Matís - Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D

Government owned company
Staff: 110

Address: Vinlandsleid 12
Town: Reykjavik
Postcode: 113
Country: Iceland
Telephone Number: +354 422 5000
Fax Number: +354 422 5001
Website: www.matis.is/english
Contact person: Dr. Helga Gunnlaugsdottir
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sectors of Activity: Food industy, aquaculture, fish processing, agriculture and biotechnology.

Areas of Research: Food safety, food processing and technology, food quality, genetics, biotechnology, value chain, aquaculture, innovation and sustainability of food production.

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.