What we eat is considered a pre-eminent element in healthy lifestyles. More than a means to ensure quality of life, good food has become increasingly important as a means to combat diseases and ailments.
The growing number of instances in which food safety has been questioned of late has given rise to the issue of measuring food quality. Standardising a means to do so remains imperative as both the industry and consumers alike have a vested interest in ensuring that available products meet safety standards and protect consumer health.
A MEASUREMENT FOR SUCCESS
Safety, however is not simply about food. It is about the entire food chain, 'from farm-to-fork', and thus requires a broad variety of specialists. Taking expertise from across Europe and further afield, BRAFO includes professionals from different backgrounds.
Using a risk/benefit analysis review and QALY- or DALYlike methodology, whilst taking a holistic approach, BRAFO investigates hot topics such as natural foods, foodstuffs used, dietary intervention and heat-processed compounds. 'Fork-tofarm' considerations are brought on board to deliberate what should be focused upon, i.e. how it was produced, under what conditions, what the storage and delivery facilities are, etc. Furthermore, BRAFO will provide definite, all-inclusive and scientifically proven ways of understanding what the nutritional requirements are for individuals, and ultimately, ensuring populations live longer, healthier and disease-free lives.
Part of the project offers organised workshops to disseminate the results and inform participants of future developments, such as the planned publications, a methodological review and subsequent proposed framework.
Educating consumers, stakeholders and other interested parties is of vital importance. In many ways, it is a strong measurement of the project's perceived success. Providing SMEs with the opportunity to review and comment on the work is a key factor, as SMEs are considered an important link in both quality food production and in bolstering local and regional markets.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
A website is another tool used to disseminate information from the project. A literature review provides a detailed account of how the foods analysed fared against the criteria they were set against.
BRAFO facilitates better interaction between those involved in like-minded pursuits within the scientific, commercial and consumer communities. This results in better quality food and a reduction of risk factors.
Becoming what we eat, therefore, is not so much a matter of being aware of the food we consume, but more dependent on making the food we eat more becoming to us.
List of Partners
- International Life Sciences Institute Europe (Belgium)
- Centre for Health and Economics, University of York (UK)
- Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (UK) Procter and Gamble Service (Germany)
- Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (The Netherlands)
- Technische Universität München (Germany)
- Full title:
- A specific support action to investigate the risk-benefit analysis for foods
- Contract n°:
- EC Scientific Officer:
- Isabelle de Froidmont-Görtz,
- EU contribution:
- € 642,866
- Specific Support Action