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SAFE Announcements and Events:

  • SAFE consortium 2018 Annual General Meeting: 24 April

    The 2018 Annual General Meeting of The European Association for Food Safety, SAFE consortium is scheduled for TUESDAY 24 APRIL 2018.

    Save the Date!

    The agenda will soon be available here. The location will be Brussels.

    The agenda and minutes of the 2017 AGM are on the SAFE Members Only pages, Past Events, Agendas & Minutes 2017. (You must be logged in as a SAFE member to successfully follow this link.) Agendas & Minutes for previous AGMs are also available for SAFE members as articles in Past Events.

    At the 2018 AGM,

    • the 2017 budget will be closed and the 2018 budget approved. Financial documents will be sent to all confirmed participants one week in advance of the meeting.
    • SAFE activities in 2017 will be reviewed.
    • Presentation of 3 new member institutes.
    • An idea forum will allow all AGM attendees to contribute to plans for SAFE consortium in 2018 and 2019.

    The SAFE statutes specify that the General Meeting of the Members is the supreme governing body of the SAFE consortium.

    Be sure to attend and participate in YOUR SAFE CONSORTIUM!
  • SAFE Special Issue in TIFS. Spring 2018

    SAFE consortium members will publish a Special Issue of Trends in Food Science &Technology in spring 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 spring 2018. Stay tuned for further information. 


  • SAFE Executive Board and Member Meetings 2018-21 February

    The upcoming 2018 meetings of the SAFE consortium Executive Board will be by teleconference on

    Wednesday 21 February at 11H 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
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.