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SAFO
Sustaining animal health and food safety in organic farming

The organic farming sector has experienced a rapid growth over the past decades. This growth has raised the need to address food safety aspects in relation to animal health, the farm situation and the living conditions of animals. Furthermore, EU regulations need to be put into perspective when food safety is considered.

In principle, organic standards for livestock production must secure animal health and food safety, they must comply with common EU standards, they should allow farming systems to work in harmony with their geographic and cultural localities. They should also be the result of a productive discussion between researchers, policy makers, farmers and consumers.

Against this background, the objective of SAFO is to improve food safety and animal health in organic livestock production systems through exchange and active communication of research results and conclusions between researchers, policy makers, farmers and the wider stakeholder community, including consumers

Objectives
To identify important food quality characteristics linked to organic livestock products, and improve food quality, including food safety with regard to zoonoses, drug residues and the development of anti-microbial resistance in the food chain. This objective also includes aspects of food processing quality with regard to animal health and welfare in organic livestock production systems.
To develop strategies for implementing and harmonising organic livestock production standards in existing and candidate member countries.
To improve the interaction between researchers, farmers, certification bodies and policy makers in order to guarantee the development of organic livestock standards that are driven by inputs from all stakeholders in the EU.

Results
Two steering committee meetings held. Minutes distributed + available from website. Minutes from Steering Committee meeting held in relation to workshops distributed among partners.
Annual report submitted.
2nd workshop held in Witzenhausen, Germany and Falenty, Poland.
Summaries from workshops in 19 different languages available on the website.
Proceedings from 2nd workshop printed and distributed in paper version and uploaded on website in electronic version.
Proceedings from 3rd workshop printed and distributed in electronic version on the web-site. Slight delay due to late submission of contributions from some speakers.
Standard Development Report from 2nd workshop published and distributed with proceedings from 2nd workshop in electronic version and paper version.
Mediterranean partner replaced Scandinavian partner in the Standard Development Group, as described in first annual report of the project.
Standard Development meeting held in Göttingen, and in Falenty.
Discussion group on the website evaluated and re-organised. Email-news-list continuously updated, and stakeholder list included into the email list, so that stakeholders given by the partners receive email news.
Newsletters sent out on email-list and available from the website.
Network growing stronger including stakeholders, policy makers as well as researchers.
nterdisciplinary approaches developed and intensified, especially understanding across the areas of animal health and food safety.
Three new EU Membership countries represented at 2nd and 3rd workshops: Romania, Bulgaria and Czech Republic. A Turkish delegate present at 3rd workshop.
Collaboration between research projects and regarding common research proposals initiated.

Classified in FOOD, ARABLE CROPS

Scientist responsible for the project

Ms METTE VAARST
Research Centre Foulum Box 50
8830 Tjele
Denmark - DK

Phone: +45 8999 1344
Fax: +45 8999 1500
E-mail: Mette.Vaarst@agrsci.dk

References

Project ID QLRT-2001-02541
Organisation DANISH INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Area 5.1.1
Start date 01 March 2003
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 779 557 €
Total EC contribution   750 096 €
Status Completed
Web address of the project   http://www.safonetwork.org

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