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'You are what you eat' is a widely spread wisdom concerning human food consumption. Should this piece of wisdom be any differently applied to the food of our livestock? The secure handling of feed has a major impact on the quality and safety of food products and consequently, on the consumer.

Some EU funded projects are focusing on research to improve and develop healthy feed for the safety of livestock and humans. FeeDSEG has been set up to bridge the results of different research in this field. The goal is to identify new topics, policies and future tendencies, as well as to disseminate results of running EU-funded projects.


Food quality issues are widely discussed by society. There are growing concerns about the safety of genetic modification of food. Overall, European consumers have become increasingly concerned about food safety, food composition, and subsequently, the safety of animal feed.

Safety of feed plays a central role in EU research policy in the field of food and feed, which needs support from structured expert groups from all over Europe. The FeeD-SEG project addresses a series of strategic and measurable objectives in order to support the research activities carried out in this domain. To this end, FeeD-SEG brings together experts from academia and industry, as well as policymakers. They exchange know-how, discuss and prepare future policy development, as well as identify the most promising research areas.

The ban on the use of growth-promoting antibiotics will have a massive impact on the farming practices of pig, chicken and fish farmers. The issue of how to find effective alternatives to the use of antimicrobials in animal feeds is of particular relevance. FeeD-SEG supports not only the European ban on the use of antimicrobials but also the development of substitutes and/or the identification of alternatives, which are directly linked together.


The project team also disseminates state-of-the-art research results through a series of symposia, expert group meetings and an online platform, together with dedicated planning for the preparation of future activities. In addition to disseminating research results of current EU-funded projects and other projects focussing on feed safety, the consortium develops strategies and recommendations for European policies in the field of research, health and agriculture.

Basically, food or feed safety must not be restricted to national borders. The project therefore provides a platform that allows for the 'Europeanisation' of ongoing and future research in the field of feed security. As a contribution to international cooperation between EU-25, accession and candidate countries and the objectives of the European Research Area, FeeD-SEG is an inherently European activity.

Overall, FeeD-SEG paves the way for highly innovative research projects in the field of feed safety. The addressed policy activities, network activities and newly identified topics have an impact on the complete food chain, which will become healthier and safer. Abandonment of the use of growth-promoting antibiotics in animal feed ensures increased sustainability of animal agriculture. At the same time, it reduces the detrimental effects on the environment and people's health.

List of Partners

  • University of Veterinary Medicine (Austria)
  • ID Lelystad, Institute voor Dierhouderij & Diergezondheid (The Netherlands)
  • Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
  • Universitā degli Studi di Udine (Italy)
  • Nutrition Science N.V. (Belgium)
  • Biomin (Austria)
  • RTD-Services (Austria)
  • Institute for Soil Science and Plant Cultivation (Poland)
  • Rowett Research Institute (UK)
  • University of Milan (Italy)
  • University of Bristol (UK)
  • Anadolu University (Turkey)
  • National Research and Development Institute for Biology and Animal Nutrition (Romania)
  • West Hungarian University (Hungary)
Full title:
Healthy food for safety: dissemination of research results of EC-funded research on feed quality
Contract n°:
Project co-ordinator:
Barbara Greineder,
University of Veterinary Medicine
EC Scientific Officer:
Hallgeir Herikstad,
EU contribution:
€ 485,602
Specific Support Action

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Last update: 06 December 2007 | Top