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Seafood Safety: New Findings & Innovation Challenges – Discover the Conference Programme Online Now

The ‘Seafood Safety: New Findings & Innovation Challenges’ conference, which will be held 25-26 January 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, is a unique event dedicated to seafood safety in Europe. The event marks the end of the European Union-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD research project which assessed food safety issues related to non-regulated contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination.

25 January 2017 - 26 January 2017

The preliminary programme is now available to download from the conference website: Event topics include the latest research on marine toxins in seafood and the environment, state-of-the-art rapid detection tools for environmental contaminants and the future of seafood safety.

ECsafeSEAFOOD’s results will play an important role in ensuring consumer confidence and addressing public concern in relation to the availability of safe and high-quality seafood, and are of particular interest to national and international policy makers in the fields of food safety, environment and public health, as well as food safety authorities, the seafood industry and consumer organisations. The event therefore includes a dedicated half-day International Stakeholder Event addressing these stakeholder groups. Following the International Stakeholder Event, a one-and-a-half-day Open Science Conference will focus on presenting the latest scientific knowledge on ECsafeSEAFOOD topics to a broad audience.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to exchange the latest knowledge on seafood safety, identify the key issues associated with seafood safety in Europe and discuss strategies to mitigate these risks, present the latest developments in toxin detection tools and network with food safety experts and other stakeholders from the field.

• Download the preliminary programme now:
• Abstract submission closes: 29 October 2016
• Registration deadline:15 January 2017 (early bird available until 25 November 2016)

For more information about this event and to submit an abstract or register, please visit or contact Follow us on Twitter (@ECsafeSEAFOOD) for further updates.

Notes for Editors

The Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA, I.P.) is coordinating the project. The ECsafeSEAFOOD project was launched in February 2013 and is funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological development (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement n°311820.

The ECsafeSEAFOOD consortium comprises 18 partner organisations from 10 countries. The partnership includes SMEs to facilitate the transfer and uptake of research by interested parties. The project is divided into scientific work packages that will address the project’s objectives and additional work packages for project coordination and project dissemination.

Dr Antonio Marques, ECsafeSEAFOOD coordinator, is a researcher at the Division of Aquaculture and Seafood Upgrading (DivAV) of IPMA. He has been involved in the coordination of several European and regional funded projects on seafood quality and safety (chemical contaminants and microbiology), and in the application of new technologies to improve seafood quality and safety.

AquaTT is responsible for the project’s dissemination and knowledge transfer.

For press queries, please contact the project’s Communications Officer: Tanja Calis, AquaTT (email: Tel: +353 1 644 9008).


seafood safety, seafood, marine toxins, environmental contaminants, food safety