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Work Programme for the specific programme for research, technological development and demonstration: [...], Draft, Thematic Priority 5: Food Quality and Safety, 4th Thematic call

Funded under: FP6-FOOD

Abstract

The primary objective of this Thematic Priority is to improve the health and wellbeing of European citizens through higher quality food and improved control of food production and related environmental factors. This approach re-addresses the classical "farm-to-fork" approach by giving priority to consumers' demands and rights for high quality and safe food. Taking the "fork-to-farm" approach provides the primary driver for developing new and safer food production chains and foods, relying in particular on biotechnology tools and taking into account the latest results of genomics research. The anticipated benefits will be achieved by developing and integrating research in a way that food from farming, including fishing and aquaculture, is produced, distributed and consumed along the various stages of the food production chain and includes consideration of associated social and environmental factors and their influence on human health. International cooperation is an important aspect of this priority, particularly considering the international dimension of trade and global challenges affecting food quality and safety.
The research areas within this Thematic Priority thus address key aspects of food quality, safety and consumer concerns along the food chain. The approach starts with consumer health and well-being, quality, safety and consumer concerns, identifying the major issues, and then proceeds along the production chain, outlining issues associated with primary production, animal feeds, processing, distribution, consumption and environmental health risks related to the chain.
The work programme outlines the research areas as described in the Specific Programme in which project proposals can be presented. The first area on "Total Food Chain" is all-encompassing and is intended to reinforce the desired "fork-to-farm" approach. The other areas focus on particular aspects of food quality and safety.

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Record Number: 6916 / Last updated on: 2005-07-08
Category: WORK