European Food Safety Authority launches food risk grant

By Oscar Rousseau

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EFSA has awarded just under €1m in grants to characterise microbial pathogens
EFSA has awarded just under €1m in grants to characterise microbial pathogens

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is looking for grant proposals to develop new methods designed to explore emerging food risks, mycotoxin mixtures and animal diseases.

EFSA is responsible for providing scientific advice to EU member states on risks associated with Europe’s food supply chain, and its thematic grant scheme aims to facilitate scientific cooperation and boost innovation.

The aim of the EFSA grant is to encourage food safety agencies, research bodies and veterinary associations within the EU to work more closely together to develop methodologies for a host of food safety issues.

These include developing new methods to detect emerging food risks throughout the supply chain; working on integrated processes to better understand the risk of mycotoxin mixtures in food and feed, as well as examining output methods for animal disease and infection.

EFSA has said eligible applications should submit their proposals by 6 October 2016.

€1 million awarded

Last year, EFSA awarded grants to Innuendo and Engage, consortia comprising food safety and veterinary bodies across the EU. Just under €1m has been awarded to the two projects to carry out studies on the use of molecular approaches to identify and characterise microbial foodborne pathogens.

The aim with both research projects is to understand foodborne diseases in humans and how such diseases can be spread, with an aim to also understand how this spread can be effectively traced.

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