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Impact of climate change and globalisation on safety of fresh produce – governing a supply chain of uncompromised food sovereignty

Objective

VEG-i-TRADE provides platforms to identify impacts of anticipated climate change and globalisation on food safety, microbiological and chemical hazards, of fresh produce and derived food products. Control measures of managerial and technological nature will be developed in the supply chain of crop production, post-harvest processing and logistics to minimize food safety risks. The assessment of the performance of horticultural safety management systems by a novel diagnostic instrument at EU level exemplified by several countries in Europe and tailored on a global level including major EU trade partners from various climate zones will lead to recommendations on European and global level on quality assurance and the setting of science-based performance objectives. VEG-i-TRADE will pro-actively invest in problem solving technologies for safe produce investigating aspects of water quality and water treatment, horticultural production practices, disinfection treatment and packaging technologies. These control measures will be exploited in collaboration with SMEs and industrial partners. Baseline studies on the hazards, intervention technologies and best practices in the fresh produce chain will provide input for both microbial and chemical risk assessment to elaborate support to risk-based sampling plans, evaluate the risks of newly identified threats as affected by the global trade system and anticipated climate change. The project output will craft a discussion forum for stakeholders in the global food chain reflecting on issues of acceptable risk, sustainability of fresh produce production and long term strategy of international food trade, while making no compromise in food safety for European consumers and in respectation of food sovereignty. Risk communication to increase awareness of trade partners’ production systems and the uneven consumer behaviour will provide key conditions for prioritisation of risk management strategies.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Address

Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 155 509

Administrative Contact

Mieke Uyttendaele (Prof.)

Participants (24)

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NORGES VETERNINAERHOGSKOLE

Norway

VETERINAERINSTITUTTET - NORWEGIAN VETERINARY INSTITUTE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 598 825

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 696 695

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 717 295

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 128 400

HOGESCHOOL WEST-VLAANDEREN HOWEST

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 269 640

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 92 994

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 83 760

INAGRO, PROVINCIAAL EXTERN VERZELFSTANDIGD AGENTSCHAP IN PRIVAATRECHTELIJKE VORM VZW

Belgium

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 77 087

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 191 880

ROYAL INTERNATIONAL INSPECTION LABORATORY JSC

Egypt

EU Contribution

€ 102 000

ALLGRO NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 74 259

SPECIAL FRUIT NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 53 000

VAN LAETHEM BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 53 000

A.L Gartnerhallen

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 40 133

SAT 9855 PRIMAFLOR

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 27 786

SCIPROM SARL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 350 017

TAMIL NADU AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

India

EU Contribution

€ 82 320

VEGA MAYOR SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 27 786

CONTARIEGO S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 52 752

FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE - UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 52 800

Advanced Biological Technologies Belgium

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 7 259

Proefcentrum voor Innovatie, Verbreding en Advies in Landbouw en Veehouderij

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 64 800

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244994

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2010

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 584 416,25

  • EU contribution

    € 5 999 997

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium