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Zoonoses are diseases or infections that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Infection usually happens through the consumption of contaminated food or direct contact with an infected animal. Zoonoses cause diseases that lead to large public health costs in the EU every year.
Directive 2003/99/EC aims to improve knowledge and monitoring of zoonotic agents. It supports microbiological risk assessments and epidemiological investigation of food-borne outbreaks. Regulation (EC) No 2160/2003 focuses on reducing zoonotic agents in farm animals by ensuring that effective detection and control measures are taken at relevant stages of production, processing and distribution.
Microbiological criteria, with which food must comply, are laid down in Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005, particularly for salmonella and listeria in risky foodstuffs.
Harmonisation of Member State approaches to monitoring zoonoses and zoonotic agents is necessary to improve control of such pathogens. Community-level training should contribute to this, as well as enabling Member States to better verify compliance with microbiological criteria in foodstuffs.

How many events are taking place?

Five four-day workshops are to be held.

Who is the training aimed at?

It is mainly aimed at national competent authority control staff responsible for monitoring and controls of zoonoses and applying microbiological criteria in foodstuffs. Participants should mainly come from EU Member States and candidate countries. Each workshop caters for about 40 participants.

What activities are planned?

  • The first afternoon consists of introductory presentations on general EU perspectives on zoonses;
  • The second day is dedicated to presentations on monitoring and surveillance of zoonses and case study exercises on the collection and management of data on zoonoses and zoonotic agents;
  • The third day is taken up by a presentation followed by practical exercises on epidemiology;
  • The fourth day is dedicated to microbiological criteria and risk assessment, with presentations and practical exercises on these issues;
  • The final morning involves practical exercises on risk management and communication, followed by closing discussion.

What topics are covered?

Topics include:

  • EU provisions and recommendations on monitoring of zoonoses, zoonotic agents, related antimicrobial and food-borne outbreaks;
  • EU provisions on the control of salmonella and other food-borne zoonotic agents, and their practical application;
  • EU provisions on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs.
  • Practical implementation of the verification of compliance of food business operators with the application of microbiological criteria.
  • Risk assessments on zoonoses and zoonotic agents;
  • Integrating risk assessment, epidemiology and economics to support decision making in food safety.

When and where are the events taking place?

  • 4-8 June, Teramo, (Italy);
  • 18-22 June, Teramo, (Italy);
  • 1-5 October, Warsaw;
  • 22-26 October, Copenhagen;
  • 5-9 November, Copenhagen.

How do I participate?

Anyone interested in taking part in training should contact their relevant national competent authority. The national competent authority proposes participants to the Better Training for Safer Food National Contact Point, who sends the list of participants to the contractor. The contractor submits the list to the Commission for approval. The list of Better Training for Safer Food National Contact Points can be found at:

Who has been awarded the contract for arranging the workshops?

The IZS Teramo consortium

Further information on training can be found at:



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