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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 Food Safety News - June 2012


  • Overfed fruit flies a model of human diabetes
  • Disrupting food: up to 30 different endocrine disrupting pesticides found in fruits and vegetables in the European Union
  • Over 250,000 eggs recalled in Germany in latest dioxin scare
  • New allergy campaign to tackle labelling and improve awareness
  • Scientific Opinion on Reflecting on the experiences and lessons learnt from modelling on biological hazards
  • EFSA assesses impact of Schmallenberg virus in EU
  • What determines the nutrition knowledge of food shoppers across Europe?
  • Global food network ‘vulnerable’ to fast spread of contaminants


SAFE Food Safety News - May 2012


Welcome to our unscientific collection of food safety stories on the internet this month. Please read more. This month we have links to articles on:

- risks from nanotechnologies in food and feed

- endocrine disrupting chemicals from pesticide residues and packaging

- distinguishing safe and harmful strains of a common probiotic

- upcoming EU - US conference on emerging pathogens


SAFE Food Safety News - April 2012


Welcome to our unscientific collection of food safety stories on the internet this month. Please read more. This month we have links to articles on

- Uptake of coccidiostats in vegetables: ESFA report
- EFSA to evaluate low dose BPA ‘hypothesis’
- UK research firm developing ‘invisible’ coating for meat
- Research database reveals ingredients most prone to food fraud
- EFSA and EU Member States work together to tackle Schmallenberg virus
- New EU project gets to grips with globetrotting germs



SAFE Food Safety News - March 2012

This month's round-up of food safety science news. Read more on:

EFSA and ECDC zoonoses report: Salmonella in humans continues to decrease, Campylobacter increasing

Study on the presence of anisakis in aquaculture

Infrared, hot-air almond pasteurisation combo kills Salmonella - USDA

EFSA Scientific Network of Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed

EFSA publishes report on likely scenarios for spread of “Schmallenberg” virus in ruminants

Europeans develop innovative, sustainable food packaging product


SAFE Food Safety News - February 2012

SAFE Food Safety News - February 2012

EFSA’s commitment to ensuring that Europe’s food is safe – 10 years and going from strength to strength

EU measures help reduce human Salmonella cases by almost one-half

DNA-nanotech development will move pathogen testing from lab to field - developer

Report on food treated with ionizing radiation 2010

Social media could enhance foodborne outbreak detection - report



SAFE Food Safety News - January 2012

SAFE News, January 2012

Cargill extends HPP in food contamination prevention efforts
Heated industry outcry over EU proposals for chilled foods
Guidance on the environmental risk assessment of plant pests
EFSA approves the use of copolymers in food contact materials
New guide for assessment of benefits and risks of use of nanotechnology



SAFE consortium/IBA Announce a Workshop on Microbial Safety of Fresh Produce

The SAFE consortium and member IBA (Institutul de Bioresurse Alimentare) have the pleasure to announce an upcoming seminar/workshop entitled "Update on Microbial Safety of Fresh Produce".

The event will take place on Thursday and Friday 15 and 16 March 2012 at the IBA Main Office in Bucharest Romania.




SAFE Food Safety News - December 2011

SAFE News, December 2011
EFSA reconfirms safety of bisphenol A
EFSA consults on new food additives guidance
Bacteriophages to control spoilage microorganisms in fish


SAFE consortium publishes a Position Paper on Food Contact Materials

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

'Food contact materials: Knowledge gaps and research needs.'

This position paper is based on a seminar in the SAFE consortium Food Safety Seminar Series 'Developments in Safety Assessment of Food Contact Materials' which took place on 24 and 25 February 2010 in Driebergen Netherlands. Ten SAFE members from 6 different SAFE institutes participated together with 11 colleagues of the SAFE consortium from industry, regulatory agencies and universities in writing the paper. You can raise awareness of the need for research in this area by presenting this paper to your colleagues, National Representatives or others.

Download Part 1 of the paper here.

The full paper is available only to SAFE members. Log in as a member and find the paper in the Publications tab.

Read more about the Seminar here.

SAFE Members Only Pages Now Available

The SAFE Consortium members only pages have just re-opened!

Are you registered as a SAFE member? Your old user name and password will get you access to our new members only pages which include

1. PowerPoint presentations from SAFE seminars and workshops

2. Full text of SAFE position papers and manuscripts

3. SAFE Infomails

Log in on top right.

(New individual members may join SAFE after Jan 2012)

SAFE consortium publishes a Predictive Microbiology Position Paper

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

'The need for research in tools for shelf-life and safety prediction in the food chain.'

The paper is based on a seminar of the same name, one in the SAFE consortium Food Safety Seminar Series, which took place in October 2010 at the research laboratories of SAFE member AZTI-Tecnalia in Derio (Bilbao) Spain. Sixteen SAFE members from 10 SAFE institutes and 9 colleagues of the SAFE consortium participated in writing the paper. Interested in presenting this paper to your colleagues? To your National Representatives? To others who might be interested to support funding for research in this area?

Download part 1 of the paper here.

SAFE members may download the entire paper. Log in as a member and go to the Publications link.

SAFE consortium welcomes its newest member



Find out more about them here.


ETP Food4Life will revise its Strategic Research Agenda

The European Technology Platform Food4Life Board meeting of February 24th in Brussels decided that the seven Scientific Working Groups of the ETP will resume their work in 2011 and prepare a revised Strategic Research Agenda, to be launched later this year. The SAFE consortium has played a significant part in the ETP Food4Life since its start in 2005, coordinating the food safety related actvities of the ETP. SAFE will continue doing so by leading the Key Thrust Working Group "Safe Food Production" towards a redefinition of the strategic research issues most relevant for food safety in Europe for the next decade.


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.