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SAFE Announcements and Events:

  • Circularity and Resource Efficiency of Food Systems: 22 May 2019

    SAFE member National R&D Institute for Food Bioresources, IBA in Romania is organising this conference which will take place under the Romanian presidency of the European Union.

    The intention is to create a supportive environment for establishing new collaborations in the field of agri-food research that share the same ideas as the Food 2030 initiative.

    The main aim of the event is to raise awareness about sustainable production and consumption, to minimize food waste and to transform agrofood by products and residues into new raw materials for different purposes with an environmentally friendly approach.

    More information and link to register is here.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Global Food Safety Summit. 2-3 Sept 2019

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

    Read about the Global Food Safety Summits of previous years, including a link to the SAFE consortium presentation given in 2017 by SAFE Executive Board member Oddur Gunnarsson from Matis Ltd., Iceland here.

    SAFE members enjoye a special reduced registration.

    See the event programme here (coming soon)

    Read more about the event here.

  • INCREaSE 2019: 9-11 Oct 2019

    SAFE consortium will participate in the International Congress on Engineering and Sustainability in the XXIst Century to be held at the University of Algarve in Faro PT from 8-11 October 2019.

    The SAFE Secretary General, Katherine M Flynn, is a member of the Scientific Committee.

    Read about SAFE participation in INCREaSE 2017 here.

    Abstract submission is now open!

    Hope to see you at INCREaSE 2019!

  • SAFE Executive Board and Member Meetings 2019

    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.



SAFE in the food press:Food Quality & Safety

Résultat de recherche d'images pour The SAFE consortium is again in the food press. A recent article in Food Quality & Safety is all about the SAFE consortium.

SAFE: A Self-Sustaining Platform for European Research - ONLINE EXCLUSIVE.

Read the article here.

This article is part of a larger piece, Food Safety in Europe, by the same author, Linda L. Leake, read the full article here.

SAFE in the food press: Private Label International

A recent article in Private Label International refers to the SAFE consortium in the first section and goes on to include a detailed interview with SAFE consortium Chairman of the Executive Board, Begoña Pérez Villarreal.

The article is part of a series on food safety by veteran freelance Paris-based journalist Colette Davidson.

The Price of Globalization. Read the article here (page 16).

SAFE is Stakeholder Consultant for H2020 Work Programme

SAFE consortium participated in the recent stakeholder consultation for the European Commission H2020 Societal Challenge 2 "Food Secutriy, Sustainable Agriculture, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy"




The SAFE consortium document on Priority Topics in the EU has been covered by this Food Safety and Quality publication.

Read the article which includes an interview with the Chair of the SAFE Executive Board, Begoña Pérez Villarreal, here.

New SAFE Position Paper Released: Improving Food Safety

SAFE consortium announces its newest publication,

"Improving Food Safety with Alternative, Sustainable and Low-Cost Tools, Methods and Approaches: Priority Topics in the EU".


Here, food safety experts from SAFE member institutes throughout the EU and Associated Countries present four key topics for research consideration. SAFE members view food safety broadly, from consumer sciences and nutrition through toxicology and microbiology. In all its forms, SAFE consortium aims to keep food safety on the agenda in future Horizon 2020 Work Programmes.

Download a pdf of the SAFE publication here.

View the SAFE publication on ISSUU here.

Call of Interest to SAFE members: Collaborations for H2020 proposals

Profit from the expertise of the 13 institutes and hundreds of scientists in the SAFE consortium.

Log in as a SAFE member and visit Projects. You will find an article 'H2020 Collaborations' with information on the calls our members are interested in, their call-related areas of expertise and their contact information.

Find your ideal partners today!

Call of Interest for SAFE members: Food Allergies

SAFE consortium is preparing a document of comments/revisions for the EFSA guidance on food ingredients or substances with known allergenic potential. All SAFE members are invited to co-author this SAFE document.



SAFE Vision Document Featured by New Food and FoodProduction

The SAFE Vision Document,

Keeping Food Safety on the Agenda


is one of the featured Whitepapers on the New Food Magazine website. See it here.




The Release of the Vision Document on 4 June 2013 was covered by The article includes an interview with the Chair of the SAFE consortium Executive Board, Begoña Pérez Villarreal. Read the article here.

READ The SAFE consortium Strategic Vision Document, "Keeping Food Safety on the Agenda"

The SAFE consortium has published its strategic Vision Document,

Keeping Food Safety on the Agenda.

The document was presented in Brussels on 4 June 2013 to an audience of food safety experts from academia, industry, consumer groups, government and policy makers.

View the document here.

SAFE members may download the document by logging in as a member, going to Past Events, and to the AGM 2013 article.



SAFE Food Safety News - Mar and Apr 2013

The following made headlines in the food safety world in the past 2 months

* Pathogen killing plasma method effective in ‘minutes’
* Beware of pesticides in Chinese imports: study
*Study highlights consumer reaction to carbon monoxide use in MAP
*Commission publishes European test results on horse DNA and Phenylbutazone: no food safety issues but tougher penalties to apply in the future to fraudulent labeling.
*EFSA: Campylobacter and E.coli cases rise
*Novel method uses nanobiotechnology to kill pathogens instead of antibiotics or chemicals
*Verifying that sorghum is a new safe grain for people with celiac disease
*Survey highlights food safety concerns
*Poultry antimicrobials developed from oils, whey
*“Energy” drinks report
*Trend: Natural colors overtake artificial/synthetic colors

Continue reading for article summaries and links to full text.


SAFE Food Safety News - Jan and Feb 2013

The following stories made food safety headlines the past two months:

*Horse meat scandal : Where it began and where are we now?
*Study shows that consumers are willing to pay more for local foods
*Fresh breakthroughs in pathogen detection
*EU adopts control plan to detect fraud in the marketing of certain foods
*Some cheeses exceed contaminant levels recommended by the EU
*Basque researchers hone rapid pathogen detection
*Multivac launches inspection innovations
*EU adopts lactic acid for decontamination of bovine carcasses
*Pathogens, foodborne viruses and pesticide residues key issues for produce safety, says study
*Novel food ingredients: synthetic zeaxanthin and the extension of use of chia seeds (in baked products, breakfast cereals and fruit, nut and seed mixes).

Continue reading for more information and links to the full stories.


SAFE Executive Board Shifts SAFE Focus to a Yearly Food Safety Event

briefcaseThe SAFE consortium will shift its focus to a vision of future developments in food safety.  A strategic VISION DOCUMENT co-authored by SAFE members will be introduced at a SAFE event in early June 2013.

Its aim will be no less than putting food safety on the agenda in Europe. Yearly SAFE events will follow, each the venue for the introduction of updated policy- or theme-oriented food safety papers. The goal is to provide substance for European and national policy making and to build a platform to advocate food safety.



New SAFE Position Paper: Endocrine Disruption from Low Level Exposure to Pesticide Combinations

The SAFE consortium has just published and distributed a position paper entitled,

'Endocrine Disruption from Exposure to Pesticide Combinations: What is the Evidence for Mixture Effects in Humans?'


This position paper is the outcome of a workshop of the same name in the SAFE Consortium Food Safety Seminar Series which took place 5 and 6 November 2012 in Brussels Belgium.



SAFE Food Safety News - Nov and Dec 2012

Read on for the following Food Safety news stories:

EU claims list comes into force.

Mobile device enables easier food allergen testing.

Scientists urge food safety professionals not to dismiss social media.

Acrylamide: A scandal in the making.

EFSA provides an update on “Schmallenberg” virus in EU.

Anti-microbial air treatment will become ‘important’ hygiene factor - Ecolab.

Scientists developing anti-counterfeit milk powder source test.

EFSA@10: Ready for the Challenges of Tomorrow.

Danish plan for the reduction of the use of antimicrobials.


New SAFE Position Paper: Microbial Safety of Fresh Produce

The SAFE consortium has just published a position paper and call for action entitled,

'Update on Microbial Safety of Fresh Produce.'

This position paper is based on a seminar in the SAFE consortium Food Safety Seminar Series Update on Microbial Safety of Fresh Produce' which took place on 15 and 16 March 2012 in Bucharest Romania.The seminar was organised by SAFE member IBA together with the SAFE office.



SAFE Food Safety News - October 2012

Read more for news on the following:

  • Lack of Evidence for Zoonotic Transmission of Schmallenberg Virus
  • Bisphenol A: European and national experts share experiences of latest work
  • The latest report in Acrylamide levels in food
  • Scientists find genes protect against arsenic
  • New database on food additives
  • EFSA advisory forum: "European food safety has made resounding progress"
  • Antimicrobial packaging targets listeria
  • Enhancing Food Safety: EU adopts list of approved flavouring substances


SAFE Institute News from Nofima

Pilot Plant Facilities for Food Processing at Campus Ås, Norway

The Research Council of Norway has granted 27 mill NOK (3.4 mill euro) for establishing Campus Ås as a National centre for Food Science and Product Development with modern pilot plant facilities for food production, packaging and storage. The new facilities are expected to be ready in late 2012 or early 2013.

Existing pilot plants will be upgraded and a unique new pilot plant for processing of foods contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms will be established.

This pathogen pilot plant, at Biosafety level III, will be available for international cooperation among R&D institutions, universities and industry. Additionally, the organisers are looking for input from the food sector on activities and/or research that can take place here.

Read the full article, including contact information, here.


SAFE Food Safety News - August and September 2012

Our food safety news update of August and September covers stories on the following:

  • Bottled beer recalled from UK supermarkets due to glass contamination fears
  • Shelf-life smart labels could hit shelves in 2013
  • A Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil may protect your bones
  • Cold atmospheric plasma potential yet to be fully unlocked for detecting Salmonella

...and many more!


SAFE consortium Welcomes Its Newest Member stating that SIK will join SAFE as of January 2012

SIK is an industrial research institute owned by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. The purpose of the Institute is to strengthen the competitiveness of food industry.


SAFE Food Safety News - July 2012


This month's round-up of food safety news include stories on the following:

  • France's publishing of 200,000+ item nutrient database
  • Decrease of dioxin dietary exposure in Europe (EFSA report)
  • Proven recipes for risk communications
  • Five-year ‘100K Genome Project’ aims to speed foodborne pathogen analysis
  • FSA in 2011: 658 scientific outputs; €1.98m in cost savings
  • How fresh lettuce can be grown with less irrigation


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.