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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 613688

FoodIntegrity Consortium Meeting

Monday 24th - Wednesday 26th February 2014

Closed meeting (project partners only)

The first three days of the event include:

Monday 24th February - ad-hoc meetings on food integrityTuesday 25th February - closed meeting of the FoodIntegrity consortium, including the formal launch of the FoodIntegrity project.

Wednesday 26th February - closed meeting of the FoodIntegrity consortium continues

Abstract

Food Integrity is "the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished or in perfect condition" Providing assurance to consumers and other stakeholders about the safety, authenticity and quality of food (integrity) is of prime importance in adding value to the European Agri-food economy. The integrity of food is under constant threat from fraudulently labelled imitations that try to exploit that added value. The FoodIntegrity project will directly address this issue and will be an international focal point for harmonisation and exploitation of research and technology for insuring the integrity of European food.

Comprising an inner core of project participants from industry, academia, research institutes, technology providers and a global network of stakeholders, FoodIntegrity will rationalise and harmonise capability to provide a coherent structure and process for assuring the food supply.

FoodIntegrity will: facilitate the sharing of information between stakeholder groups regarding European food integrity; establish processes for harmonising and exploiting existing databases; establish fit for purpose methodology to address stakeholder needs; identify and address research gaps by procuring and delivering €3M of commissioned projects; establish a self-sustaining Food-fraud early warning system for identifying emerging food fraud risks; establish a self-sustaining worldwide network of stakeholders to ensure maximum uptake of the project legacy.

Improved verification procedures will be developed for food control and industry stakeholders using three key commodities as exemplars: olive oil, spirit drinks and seafood. In addition a consumer study in China will assess their consumer attitudes in the face of substantial counterfeiting of European food. Finally it will establish expert food authenticity platforms that will supply independent expert opinion on food authenticity/food fraud to the European Commission, Codex and other national/international bodies.

Draft programme

Day 1 - Tuesday 25th February 2014
09:30 - 17:00 - more detail to follow

Day 2 - Wednesday 26th February 2014
09:00 - 16:00 - more detail to follow

For further information, please email foodintegrity@fera.co.uk and a member of the team will be able to assist you.