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The food and drink sector is a leading sector in the EU in terms of industrial value and output. It employs 2,6 million people1, and its turnover is worth � 700 billion2. The overall objectives of Key Action 1 �Food, nutrition and health� within the Programme �Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources� are to strengthen research in the agriculture, fisheries and food sector in universities, research centres and the industry. This will ensure that Europe maintains its strong position in this field into the future. By its funding of European projects and its links to national research activities on these topics, this key action aims to lead to a better understanding of consumers� needs to provide a healthy, safe and high quality food supply leading to reinforced consumer confidence in the safety and wholesomeness of the European food supply.
The Key Action �Food, Nutrition and Health� with an overall budget of � 290 million has built upon earlier EU funding of research in food science in the FLAIR, AIR and FAIR RTD programmes of the European Commission. However, the research priorities and objectives have evolved considerably from previous programmes and in this key action the following three objectives were tackled:
- Addressing consumer needs and enhancing the competitiveness of the European food industry;
- Assuring the safety and integrity of the food supply;
- Understanding the role of nutrition in health and well being.
This catalogue gives details of all the running projects, but is also a useful guide to many of the principal research teams involved in food research in Europe. Most of the projects have a web site address, which can easily be accessed and gives further information on the project.

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Authors: D�AMARIO R, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);DE FROIDMONT-GÖRTZ I, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);LUCAS J (editors), European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19422 EN (2002), 441 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-0794-8
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