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Safer, more ethical meat for Europe's neighbours

Training modules and workshops on food safety and quality will empower the global meat industry to cooperate with Europe more closely.
Safer, more ethical meat for Europe's neighbours
Western Europe has relatively very high hygiene standards in the food and hospitality industry. If this valuable knowledge can be transferred to other regions of the world, it will enable other countries to form stronger partnerships and trade relationships with Europe.

The EU-funded project 'Training and mentoring young scientists from Candidate, Associated and Mediterranean Countries in a whole food chain approach to quality and safety' (Young-Train) supported this goal. It strengthened food safety across the whole food chain in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in Mediterranean countries. The project focused on improving quality and safety of meat, and trained early career animal scientists (ECSs) to prepare them for participation in projects under the European Research Area (ERA). In total, 40 ECSs from 22 countries participated in the project's training programmes and workshops.

The team was introduced to eLearning methodology on the subject during a seminar in Italy, followed by another seminar in Spain on EU research programmes and channels of dissemination. Presentations focused on the role of technology platforms related to food, animal breeding, sustainable animal production and animal health. They also highlighted the role of EU National Contact Points (NCPs) outside Europe with respect to food quality and safety.

Young-Train produced eLearning training modules on food safety regarding the meat sector for dissemination to concerned stakeholders. These tools and audiovisual presentations were well received by stakeholders such as partners and students. Joint research and development projects were also encouraged, underlining important topics such as ethical, environmental and consumer needs as well as drivers that influence the meat chain.

Dissemination of the project's outputs was accomplished through four regional events in the regions concerned, as well as through the project's eLearning website.

Participating countries are set to benefit from the knowledge and eLearning modules that have emerged from the project regarding food safety of meat and ethical processing.

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