The UK Food Standards Agency has invited researchers to come up with innovative approaches to answer key food safety challenges.
The FSA usually issues calls for evidence to address specific research questions, but is piloting a new approach to commissioning research by identifying innovative approaches which may provide significant leaps forward in addressing strategic challenges in the food industry.
The UK agency has identified four key challenges:
- ensuring imported food is safe to eat, including early identification of emerging risks
- using novel methods in managing outbreaks of foodborne disease
- improving compliance of food businesses with food safety laws
- obtaining better data on costs to industry that will be used to inform Agency policies
To find out more about the research opportunities, or to tender ideas, the FSA said researchers and industry members need to register as a supplier on its electronic tendering system found here .