Under the fifth thematic
priority of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), the Commission
intends to invest €685 million to promote and back research
efforts into enhancing food quality and safety.
The activities carried out in this area are
intended to help establish the integrated scientific and technological
basis needed to develop an environmentally friendly production
and distribution chain of safer and healthier food. It covers
issues such as organic farming, genetically modified organisms,
and health risks associated with environmental changes.
This thematic priority also aims to control food-related risks
through the effective utilisation of biotechnology tools and
by exploring the practical implications of breakthroughs in
the emerging field of ‘post-genomic’
With the advent of FP6, there has been a significant departure
in approach in which projects will take the entire food production
chain into account by creating Networks of Excellence (NoE)
and Integrated Projects (IPs) in order to guarantee a maximum
level of protection for the citizen.
EU activities will cover research into safer and more environmentally
friendly production and processing methods, the epidemiology
of food-related diseases and allergies, the impact of new
food products on health, ‘traceablility’ processes
and the impact of animal feed on human health.
Sixth Framework Programme opportunities
In the Food Quality and Safety priority, Specific
Support Actions are an important instrument for fostering public debate. These are essentially a continuation
of the accompanying measures used in FP5. They will support
the implementation of FP6, and may be used to help prepare
for future EU research policy activities, such as conferences,
seminars, analyses, operational support and dissemination,
information and communication activities.
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