Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

PROMISE

Protection of consumers by microbial risk mitigation through combating segregation of expertise (Food Quality and Safety)

Project acronym: PROMISE

Title of project: Protection of consumers by microbial risk mitigation through combating segregation of expertise

Research area: Food Quality and Safety

Contract No: 265877

EU contribution: €2 999 756

Start date: January 2012

Duration: 36 months

Status: on-going

The overall goal of the PROMISE project is to improve and strengthen integration, collaboration and knowledge transfer between the EU's new and old member states and candidate countries. The focus is on common food safety threats and hence protecting European consumers.

PROMISE integrates stakeholders such as public health and national food safety authorities from old and newer member countries in order to ensure research results are exploited for standardisation and harmonisation, and thus have a long-term impact.

In Europe, concerns about food are moving away from ensuring adequate supply and choice of products, towards issues of food safety, animal and plant welfare, labelling and traceability. These changes in emphasis have been shaped by scientific and technological advances within the food chain on the one hand, and health and environmental concerns on the other.

Pathogens attack the food supply chain at certain points, usually in the pre-harvest or harvest area, and can then survive decontamination procedures through their adaptive responses to remain in the final products. Transmission cycles play an important role in the survival of pathogens in food chains and can be described at the pre-harvest, harvest and postharvest level.

PROMISE is linked with several other EU-funded projects and will benefit from their results and know-how. The general objectives of PROMISE are:

  • to improve and increase integration, collaboration and knowledge transfer between the newer member states, old member states (EU15) and candidate countries through a collaborative work plan of exchange of expertise, regional training and dissemination actions to tackle common food safety threats.
  • to integrate stakeholders such as public health and national food safety authorities from the old and newer member countries in order to ensure the exploitation of research results.
  • to analyse, assess and interpret the risk of introducing new strains of pathogen by illegal import of food from third countries into the European Union, where the food supply chains are not controlled.

Website of project: www.promise-net.eu

Coordinator: Prof. Martin Wagner, martin.wagner@vetmeduni.ac.at

Organisation: Veterinary University of Vienna, Austria www.vetmeduni.ac.at/en/

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