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COLLAB4SAFETY — Result In Brief

Project ID: 311611
Funded under: FP7-KBBE
Country: Netherlands
Domain: Health

International network to address food safety challenges worldwide

An EU initiative gathered renowned experts and set up a stakeholder database to contribute to more sustainable global food safety cooperation.
International network to address food safety challenges worldwide
Within the European Research Area (ERA) and similar programmes globally, large amounts of data are generated that could help policymakers and industry to successfully tackle food safety concerns. Broader and more inclusive international collaboration on food safety will lead to more efficient use of research funds, best practice sharing and strengthened partnerships with the EU’s major food trading partners.

The EU-funded COLLAB4SAFETY (Towards sustainable global food safety collaboration) project worked to establish a permanent global network to exchange information about research findings, capacity building and policies, and to facilitate the control and mitigation of existing and emerging food risks.

To enable key food safety actors to network and collaborate, project partners created a searchable database totalling 1 630 experts from 123 countries around the world. The public database is available via the project website, together with a portal that provides current information on policies, research and training.

The COLLAB4SAFETY team mapped international research, existing and emerging food safety issues, innovation and training activities, and food safety policies. It identified gaps in knowledge relevant to policy development. Input was provided by 106 experts from the stakeholder database. Results show that consumer priorities, demographic change, media representations, political will, resource shortages and water security were the primary drivers of both existing and emerging food safety risks. Furthermore, single drivers were shown to have multiple effects on food safety risks.

Researchers also assessed key factors behind the success of existing sustainable networks by analysing several chosen networks.

Lastly, a food safety roadmap was laid down to facilitate sustainable global cooperation on food safety. It includes a policy paper and recommendations.

The COLLAB4SAFETY food safety network will contribute to improving well-being and social welfare, and help boost the economic competitiveness of the European food industry.

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Keywords

Food safety, COLLAB4SAFETY, food risks
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