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Playing safe with food

Knowledge transfer of food safety issues from Europe to Asia is set to support socioeconomic well-being, healthcare and a higher standard of living.
Playing safe with food
Europe's food safety legislation and knowledge is on solid ground in comparison to different parts of the world. Around the globe, however, inadequate food safety in many parts of the world is leading to illness and even death, putting a strain on healthcare and national economies.

In a bid to help transfer crucial food-safety knowledge to Asia, the EU-funded project Selamat built a network for global cooperation on food safety. The network encouraged mutual collaboration on key food safety issues, helped Asia access the European Research Area (ERA) and supported Asia's development policies through joint initiatives and a common research agenda.

Selamat studied sustainable production systems for food safety and examined trade issues such as market stability and traceability. It also looked into certification, new detection methods and risk assessment.

The project conducted workshops and training sessions on food safety and assessed food safety research from a global perspective. It found that food safety issues in Asia and Europe actually resembled each other, and many were related to available facilities, regulations and requirements.

Selamat underlined the importance of educating the public and stakeholders to enhance food safety, an initiative that brings all involved a step closer to more in-depth knowledge on the topic and disease prevention.

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