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SAFOODNET - Food Safety and Hygiene Networking within New EU Countries and Associated Candidate Countries


<OL> <LI> Disseminate knowledge from national and international food safety projects in open seminars, workshops, practical exercises, RTD activities and pilot actions resulting in new research projects for food industry especially SMEs.
<LI>Establish an expert group (EG)in which authorities, scientists, industrial representatives build-up or strengthen existing networks and identify specific needs for future RTD activities in food safety.<LI>Bridge networks within the new EU, fostering scientific co-operation and knowledge transfer in food safety.

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This SSA will build-up a sustainable network in food safety. It aims at knowledge sharing to prevent risks related to microbial hazards, to find future RTD needs and apply for RTD funding in food processing and packaging safety. The action will focus towards Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Slovenia and Turkey in the pilot actions, seminars, and workshops on process hygiene and end product safety. Interested researchers and SME representatives from other new EU countries and ACCs will be encouraged to participate in the activities.

The expected achievements of SAFOODNET are: 3 open seminars in microbial contamination routes, risk assessment and management to disseminate safety issues to a targeted audience of industrial, research and authority people; 2 workshops incl. practical exercises in microbial risk assessment and management to disseminate methodologies and methods; establishment and maintenance of the project network using a project web-site, which partly is public; establishment of an EG to suggest and evaluate pilot actions for future needs in RTD activities; performance of pilot actions in food safety suggested by the EG in food industry especially in SMEs as a base for future RTD activities and building-up a new channel for scientific co-operation within the new EU aiming at preparation of research proposals in coming EU calls based on the EG report.

<P>For more information about this project, please visit the <a href="…; target="_blank">European Commission Food Quality and Safety in Europe</a> or the <a href="; target="_blank">SAFOODNET </a> Web sites.

Wirtanen, Gun Linnea
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
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