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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.

     

The SAFE consortium

Introduction

The SAFE consortium is the short name for The European Association for Food Safety. SAFE is a non-profit, non-governmental international association of a scientific nature. SAFE was founded in Brussels in 2002.

SAFE is an international association of organisations who pursue activities related to food safety: Public or Private Research Institutes, Universities, National or International Associations or Societies, and Research Groups and Departments within these organisations. The requirement for membership in the SAFE consortium is to do high quality food safety-related science and to be free to publish in the public interest.

SAFE accepts new members once per year. A simple application form, a list of quality publications in international peer-reviewed journals and a signed statement that the organisation is free to publish in the public interest are the requirements for membership. Find out more on becoming a SAFE member here.

The SAFE consortium is governed by the members: Decisions are made at general meetings of the members, including but not limited to the Annual General Meeting, and by the member-appointed Executive Board. All SAFE members may serve on the Executive Board. The general meeting of the members is the supreme governing body of the association. All members are invited to participate in the general meeting.

SAFE is as the independent voice for food safety research in Europe for the ultimate benefit of the public.

More about SAFE

Mission and Objectives

The SAFE consortium

mission

The mission of the SAFE consortium is to Keep Food Safety on the Agenda: on the agenda of researchers, of industry, of policy-makers and legislators, of journalists, of funding bodies and of the general public. We aim to stimulate the public debate in Europe on the scientific aspects of food safety.

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Organization

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the members is the governing body of the SAFE consortium. The AGM decides on the general policy of the consortium and oversees the management of the consortium by the Executive Board.The AGM is organised on or before or April 30th each year. All scientists at SAFE member institutes are invited to join the Annual General Meeting. The SAFE consortium is run by its members!

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Executive Board

Members of the 2017 SAFE consortium Executive Board (in alphabetical order by Institute).

- Begoña Pérez Villarreal, Business Director Food Research Division, AZTI-Tecnalia, Derio (Bizkaia), Spain. President of the Executive Board. Joined the EB in 2010, elected President in 2012.

- Tim Hogg, Professor of Microbiology, Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Universidade Catolica Portuguese, Porto, Portugal. Vice-President of the Executive Board. Joined the EB in 2010, elected Vice-President in 2012.

- Oddur Már Gunnarsson, Director Business Development, Matís, Reykjavík, Iceland. Joined the EB in 2016.

- Nastasia Belc, Director General, Institutul National Bioresurse Alimentare IBA, Bucharest, Romania. Represented by Irina Smeu. Joined the EB in 2013.

- Helga Næs, Research Director, Nofima, Ås, Norway. Joined the EB in 2012.

- Ryszard Amarowicz, Head of Department of Chemical and Physical Properties of Food, Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Science. Joined the EB in 2014.

Read more to see members of previous SAFE consortium Executive Boards...

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Office

office

The SAFE consortium maintains an office in Brussels, but most of the activities of the consortium are carried out and co-ordinated by the office staff, the SAFE Executive Board and the SAFE members from their home locations.

SAFE Office Staff:

  • Dr. Hrönn Ólína Jörundsdóttir, Secretary General
  • Dr. Katherine Flynn, Scientific Secretary

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Objectives

Objectives

The SAFE consortium is the international association of scientific institutes and universities who work together in the area of food safety related sciences. We want to stimulate the public debate on food safety and we can do that unhampered by links to government and industry because all members have the full right to publish in the public interest.

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Activities

Activities

In accordance with its remit, the activities developed by the SAFE consortium will be confined to food safety sciences, interpreted in its broadest sense to include agricultural inputs and the complete chains of food and feed production, processing, packaging, transportation, distribution, retail, consumption and consumer research.

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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.