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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.

     

Past Events

SAFE releases Natural Contaminants workshop video: January 2018

January 2018 release of the highlight video from the October 2017 SAFE consortium food safety workshop, 'Natural and Microbial Food Contaminants: Riskier Than We Think?'. Watch 3 1/2 minutes of highlights from the 1 1/2 hour workshop featuring Member of European Parliament Christofer Fjellner and European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis.

See the 3.5 minute video here.

SAFE consortium 2018 Annual General Meeting: 24 April

The 2018 Annual General Meeting of The European Association for Food Safety, SAFE consortium was TUESDAY 24 APRIL 2018 at the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) building in Brussels.

The agenda, draft minutes and presentations from the AGM are on the SAFE Members Only pages, Past Events, Agendas & Minutes 2018. . (You must be logged in as a SAFE member to successfully follow this link.) Agendas & Minutes for previous AGMs are also available for SAFE members as articles in Past Events.

At the 2018 AGM,

  • Dr Luis Vivas-Alegre, Policy Coordinator at DG Health & Food Safety spoke about opportunities in H2020 and FP9
  • SAFE activities in 2017 were reviewed.
  • The 2017 budget was closed and the 2018 budget approved. Financial documents are also available on the SAFE Members Only pages.
  • The 3 new member institutes of SAFE consortium were presnted.
  • An idea forum allowed all AGM attendees to contribute to plans for SAFE consortium in 2018 and beyond.

The SAFE statutes specify that the General Meeting of the Members is the supreme governing body of the SAFE consortium.

Thanks to all for attending and participating in YOUR SAFE CONSORTIUM!

SAFE MEMBERS ONLY: Agendas & Minutes 2018

Here you may view and download all agendas and minutes for all SAFE 2018 Executive Board and Member meetings. Agendas and minutes of previous years are available as separate articles in Past Events.

 

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

The past 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. were invited speakers and panel participants at the 2018 EFSA Event on Risk Assessment in Utrecht (NL) on 7 February 2018.

This event brought together research funders, policy/decision makers and leading food safety organisations. There was a lot of spirit and many new ideas presented. Clearly food safety is not "solved" and food safety work must continue.

The aim was to stimulate new partnerships in food safety risk assessment research to safeguard public health and highlight the importance of public funding. A follow-up risk management forum is planned to keep the discussions alive.

Link here to more information, including details about the event outcomes.

SAFE consortium 2017 AGM Part 2: Dec 14

The 2017 Annual General Meeting, Part 2 of the SAFE consortium took place by teleconference on THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER 2017.

The agenda and minutes of the 2017 AGM are on the SAFE Members Only pages, Past Events, Agendas & Minutes 2017. (You must be logged in as a SAFE member to successfully follow this link.) Agendas & Minutes for previous AGMs are also available for SAFE members as articles in Past Events.

The SAFE Annual General Meeting  took place in two parts this year:

Part 1 was on Thursday 4 May by teleconference (Lync). Here, the 2016 budget was closed and the 2017 budget approved. Financial documents were sent to all confirmed participants and questions invited by email.

Part 2 on Thursday 14 December by teleconference (Lync). Here, SAFE activities in 2016 and 2017 were reviewed. A financial update was presented. Members of the Executive Board were changed and SAFE plans for 2018 discussed.

The SAFE statutes specify that the General Meeting of the Members is the supreme governing body of the SAFE consortium.

SAFE at INCReASE: 11-13 Oct 2017

SAFE consortium participated in the International Congress on Engineering and Sustainability in the XXIst Century held at the University of Algarve in Faro PT.

The SAFE Scientific Secretary, Katherine M Flynn, was the keynote speaker on Food Safety under the Healthy Foods topic and she chaired the Food Safety session.

Download the SAFE presentation here.

See you at the next INCREaSE in 2019!

SAFE Food Safety Workshop: 18 Oct 2017

"Natural and Microbial Food Contaminants: Riskier Than We Think?" was the title of the 2017 SAFE consortium food safety workshop which took place WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER from 13H15 to 15H30 at the Radisson Red Hotel in BRUSSELS (just across from the European Parliament).

Christofer Fjellner, Member of European Parliament was the host and Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety gave the keynote address.

Europeans tend to be concerned about chemical contaminants in food, believing that natural and microbial contaminants are of little risk. Experts state the opposite: food microbes and their toxins can have severe health consequences. This workshop aimed at strengthening the understanding of natural and microbial food contamination, debunking the myths around the word 'natural' and bringing much needed attention to this often-overlooked food risk.

Keep reading to download the programme, the workshop booklet, the speaker presentations, the video summary, the print summary and related publications.

Read more...

SAFE at Global Food Safety: 5&6 September 2017

SAFE consortium was proud once again to participate in the Global Food Safety Summit in Amsterdam.This event, the 12th annual, brought together key players in the global food and beverage supply chain.

Oddur M. Gunnarsson, SAFE Executive Board Member Chief IP Officer at Matis gave a presentation on the Circular Bioeconomy, download it here.

SAFE at ActInPak Summer School: 12-16 June 2017

SAFE consortium Scientifiic Secretary Dr. Katherine Flynn represented SAFE at this COST Action by giving a lecture on Toxicology and Risk Assessment at the ActInPak Summer School at Tampere University of Technology.

Link here to see the programme of the summer school and to download all presentations.

 

SAFE at FOODforce: 2 March 2017

SAFE consortium continues to participate in the FOODforce network as an associated organisation/network. The meeting of 2 March 2017 brought together 20 members of FOODforce from research institutes across Europe and included guest speakers.

 

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.