Sixth Framework Programme
Agricultural Research in FP6
Food quality and safety priority
Food quality and safety is a key thematic priority area
under the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme
(FP6) for research and has a budget of € 685 million.
Public anxiety about the quality and integrity of food production
in Europe has increased in recent years because of a number
of problems such as BSE, salmonella and dioxin entering
the food chain.
The Commission's thematic priority programme for research
into food quality and safety meets such anxiety head on.
It gives scientific foundation to developing an environmentally
friendly production and distribution chain of safer, healthier
and more varied foods for the European consumer.
Indeed, placing the consumer's needs at the top of the agenda
means a reversal of the classical 'farm-to-fork' approach
to food safety and quality issues. Fork to farm use the
FP6 instruments - Integrated Projects and Networks of Excellence
- to develop large, multi-partner research projects that
cover entire food production chains in relation to agriculture
and fisheries. Research activities always start with the
needs of the consumer.
This thematic priority area covers the following subjects:
- Epidemiology of food-related diseases and allergies
- How food impacts on health
- Improving the way food can be traced along the
- Creating methods of analysis, detection and control
- Safer and more environmentally friendly production
- The impact of animal feed on human health
- Environmental health risks linked to the food chain
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