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Delivering an effective, resilient and sustainable EU-China food safety partnership (EU-China-Safe)


This third-party funded project is conducted in the framework of the BfR research programme on the safety of national and international supply chains.

EU grant agreement number: 727864

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Project description:

The EU-China-Safe project aims to develop and implement a shared vision of best practice within the European Union and China that will enhance food safety, deter food fraud, restore consumer trust, deliver mutual recognition of data and standards and support the flow of agri-food trade between the two trading blocks to promote economic growth.

EU-China-Safe will lay the cornerstone of an EU-China food safety control system comprising food control management, food legislation, food inspection, food control laboratories, and food safety and quality information, education and communication. The project will focus on the most commonly reported foods linked to chemical and microbiological contamination and fraud, namely dairy products (mainly infant formula), processed meat, fruits, vegetables, wine, honey and spices, which have been at the heart of recent food safety scares, scandals and trading difficulties both in Europe and in China. A unique EU-China Joint Laboratory Network will be developed that will achieve and demonstrate the equivalency of results, and become a state-of-the-art virtual laboratory, with interchangeable staff from two continents. Innovative traceability tools will be implemented to strengthen the most vulnerable supply chains. New or improved detection capabilities for chemical and microbiological hazards and food fraud will be implemented in a harmonised way across the EU-China network. Trade barriers caused by food safety and fraud issues will be analysed and recommendations of how to predict and prevent future events disseminated. Substantial knowledge transfer and training actions will build high-level and long-term collaboration, synergies and trust between a wide range of EU and China actors.

BfR parts of the project:

The project is coordinated by the Queen’s University of Belfast. 33 key research organisations, government and industry players will participate from China (18) and Europe (15). The BfR is involved in four of seven work packages (WP): WP1 Data harmonisation and visualisation, WP2 Food traceability, WP3 Food authenticity and WP6 Dissemination, exploitation and training.


External Links

Queen’s University Belfast to Lead EU-China Collaboration to Tackle Food Fraud


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