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SAFE Announcements and Events:

  • SAFE speakers at EFSA Risk Assessment Research Assembly. 7 Feb 2018

    The President of the SAFE consortium Executive Board, Begoña Pérez Villarreal of AZTI, and past SAFE consortium Secretary General, past president of the SAFE Executive Board and current Executive Board member, Oddur M. Gunnarsson of Matis Ltd. are invited speakers at the 2018 EFSA Event on Risk Assessment taking place in Utrecht (NL) on 7 February 2018.

    This event will bring together research funders, policy/decision makers and leading food safety organisations.

    The aim of the event is to stimulate new partnerships in food safety risk assessment research to safeguard public health and highlight the importance of public funding.

    Link here to more information, including registration details.

  • 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.


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

Interesting Notes

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