Opened by agriculture minister Shane McEntee, it is the opportunity for Teagasc to present the results of an EU-funded five-year research project named ProSafeBeef. Launched in March 2007, the initiative gathered 41 research and industrial organisations from 18 countries to come up with new technologies to monitor beef safety.
New packaging systems and detection methods used in Ireland and the rest of Europe will be showcased, and conference attendees will be able to put questions to the researchers.
McEntee said: “We must continue to focus on maintaining the highest standards when it comes to food safety and quality, because it is these elements that underpin the already excellent reputation of Irish beef in an ever-more challenging market environment.”
He added that ProSafeBeef was in line with Ireland’s research programme, the Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM), which funds various projects aiming to improve food safety.