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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

Dissemination Activities

Assuring the Integrity of the Food Chain

Assuring the Integrity of the Food Chain

Monday 24th - Friday 28th February 2014

The week-long series of events on food authenticity marks the start of the €12M FoodIntegrity project. Funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme, and comprising 38 international partners from industry, academia and government institutes, FoodIntegrity will address many of the post-horsemeat issues at a European level. As well as carrying out research on new methods and systems for authenticating food and ingredients, the project will work with stakeholders to better understand consumer behaviour, develop horizon scanning tools and systems for data sharing. An international network of expertise on food authenticity will be established. It will identify gaps and commission €3M worth of research requirements within the project to address emerging issues.
(FoodIntegrity abstract)

Please contact foodintegrity@fera.co.uk for more information.



The week includes the following events:

Monday 24th February - ad-hoc meetings on food integrity
Monday 24th February, 1pm to 4pm - half-day workshop on Detecting the Unexpected

Tuesday 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

Thursday 27th February, 9am to 4pm - a Defra-sponsored one-day conference 'Food Fraud - the Analytical Tools'

Friday 28th February, 9am to 2pm - half-day technical workshop on determining the geographical origin of food

Please follow the links below for more information about the events.

  • Workshop: Detecting the Unexpected
    Monday 24th February 2014, 1pm - 4pm

    This scientific workshop will explore the use of state-of- the-art non-targeted methods for chemical analysis and molecular biology through a number of short presentations. Structured discussions will then be used to articulate the new challenges this technology offers and help bring focus to the needs of this developing technology.

  • FoodIntegrity Consortium Meeting (invitation only)
    Monday 24th - Wednesday 26th February 2014


    Although this event is for project partners only, the consortium members will be participating in the other day's events where there will be excellent opportunities to network and discuss potential collaborations.

  • Conference: 'Food Fraud - the Analytical Tools'
    Thursday 27th February 2014, 9am - 4pm


    The Defra sponsored conference aims to report the development and use of state-of-the-art methods to assure food authenticity. The event will bring together government, academia, industrial scientists and stakeholders to identify research and survey needs that will help to protect consumers by addressing food fraud and misleading food labelling.

  • Workshop: Determining the Geographical Origin
    Friday 28th February 2014, 9am - 2pm


    A half-day workshop on determining the geographical origin of food. The workshop will be valuable for technical experts, manufacturers, end-users, policy makers, regulators and anyone wishing to understand more about techniques and methods used to assure the integrity of the food chain.