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INPLISTA - Information Platform on International Standards for SMEs in the Food Sector


The discrepancy between price pressure and food quality is the major problem of every Food SME; being enforced by the retailers, who are only willing to buy from certified producers nevertheless at a cheap price. Therefore it is important for each SME in Europe to know exactly how it is possible to fulfil international food standards without loosing competition against other food producers. The objective of INPLISTA is to create a supporting information platform directed to specific needs of SME food enterprises in order to improve their position in the European market and to assist in keeping up to date with current standard requirements.
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enhance Food Safety for SMEs by comprehensive information on globally adopted guidelines such as HACCP, B RC-GFS, IFS, EUREPGAP, Dutch HACCP, ISO 22000 and Codex Alimentarius
<LI> strengthen the European Food Safety with the beneficial impact of the realisation of standard requirements (improved monitoring, documentation systems, HACCP system, traceability system, allergen monitoring, GMO handling etc.)
<LI> promote and cross link European Research in order to enable innovative ways for the implementation of standard requirements and integrate current normative and legislative requirements
<LI> enable SMEs of Central and E astern Europe to chose and implement the appropriate food safety system
These objectives will be reached by the following actions.<UL>
<LI>The partners will develop, organise and arrange one-day seminars on general information about standards in every participating country. Sector specific Seminars will be created to develop practical solutions for the three major sectors (meat, dairy and fruit/vegetables) Issue specific seminars about allergen-, GMO handling and traceability will also be held.
<LI>A homepage with in formation on material and continuous publications, a newsletter-system and FAQ's will be set up.

More information

For more information about this project, please visit the <a


target="_blank">European Commission Food Quality and Safety in Europe</a> Web site.

K&amp;uuml;ck, Matthias
LVA Lebensmittelversuchsanstalt
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