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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.

     

Past Events

SAFE MEMBERS ONLY: Agendas & Minutes 2019

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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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 brought together key stakeholders from all along several food chains including manufacturers, suppliers, regulators and the experts that support them. Highlights of the event included case study experiences. Networking opportunities were plentiful as representatives from major food and beverage producers, suppliers and retailers participated.

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 enjoyed a special reduced registration.

See the event programme here.

Read more about the event here.

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 held 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 was a platform for presenting the most suitable assays for food safety assessments within different fields- chemistry and microbiology to genetic toxicology and genomics. Congress participants produced a declaration which calls for and establishes a target to change regulations based on available knowledge.

SAFE consortium is a GHI Supporting Organization.

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, hosted the 13th International Conference on Biotechnology and Quality of Raw Materials and Foodstuffs. The SAFE consortium Secretary General, Dr Hrönn Jörundsdóttir, gave a Plenary Lecture, Sparking New Life into Food Safety Research.

The conference took place from 17-19 September 2018 at the Smolenice Castle in Smolenice, Slovak Republic. Sessions included

  • Biotechnology and Molecular Biology
  • Food Design and Innovation
  • Personalized Nutrition and Health
  • Innovation Trends in Food Industry

Papers will soon be published in the Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences.

It was an excellent event - and we look forward to the next one!

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 Special Issue in Trends in Food Science & Technology. Release Event 3 April 2019

On 3 April 2019, 25+ stakeholders attended the Release Event for the SAFE consortium Special Issue of Trends in Food Science &Technology:

Keeping Food Safety on the Agenda for 15 Years: The SAFE consortium

The 80-page Special Issue Journal contains 22 short review articles and an introduction. The articles are organised into five food safety themes, each of which was led by a SAFE member who invited experts in the field to contribute articles for the peer-reviewed publication:

  1. Food in the Circular Bioeconomy, by Matis Ltd in Iceland
  2. Safe Nutrients, by IBA in Romania
  3. Emerging Food SafetyThreats, by DiSBA-CNR in Italy
  4. Chemical Contamination of Food, by azti-tecnalia in Spain
  5. Communication of Food-Related Risks, by ESB-UCP in Portugal

Keep reading to download the Event agenda and presentations

 

 

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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!

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.