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SAFE Annual General Meeting Charts Next Year's Course: June 2015

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Members of the European Association for Food Safety, SAFE consortium decided last week to reduce membership fees, especially for smaller organisations, in an effort to increase membership. SAFE consortium is a fully independent food safety voice, counting 10 member institutes in 2015, and funded by their annual dues. Dues will be cut in half for some, as the new structure is €1000 per year for academic and governmental organisations with less than 250 employees and €2000 for those with over 250. Several of the smaller SAFE members applauded the change, with Tim Hogg of the School of Biotechnology of the Catholic University of Portugal noting, “The SAFE model of influencing financing for food safety research is useful and we want to stay a part of that.”

SAFE recently began accepting as members any industry with a food safety division that meets the SAFE membership criteria. Here, the fees will remain at €4000 for those with over 250 employees and €2000 for smaller industry groups. SAFE will also introduce sponsorship opportunities allowing smaller industry to show their commitment to food safety by sponsoring SAFE publications and events.

SAFE members also decided to increase the consortium’s participation in European and national projects. The SAFE consortium, with its mission of keeping food safety on the agenda, will aim to be a partner of large international projects and a project leader of smaller ones. Helga Naes of SAFE Member Nofima in Norway noted that the SAFE consortium must remain vigilant to ensure its independence and the purity of its mission.
The SAFE consortium Annual General Meeting also reviewed the SAFE successes in 2014 and early 2015 including the publication of two position papers (link to ISSUU here), hosting of two workshops on food integrity (link to SAFE past events here) and cooperation with several congresses, roundtables, publications, workshops and seminars around Europe and electronically.

The European Association for Food Safety, SAFE consortium has been registered in Belgium as a non-profit international association since 2002. SAFE aims to stimulate public debate in Europe on the scientific aspects of food safety by making available up-to-date knowledge from organisations whose scientific integrity is guaranteed by the unlimited right to publish in the public interest. SAFE acts as an independent spokesman for food safety research in Europe to benefit the public. The SAFE network covers, in an interdisciplinary way, all fields of food safety, from food microbiology to new technological approaches, food security and protection of the European consumer. SAFE receives no government or other funding but is self-sustainable based on the contributions of its members, and fully independent.

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Brussels (BE), 29 June 2015
By Katherine Flynn, SAFE consortium Scientific Secretary

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