An integrated response to food-borne disease

Human welfare is closely linked to the health of animals and the environment. An EU-funded joint research programme has been created to align developments in medicine, veterinary science and consumer health protection to tackle food-borne health threats in a more integrated way across Europe.

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  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia

Countries
Countries
  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


 

Published: 20 September 2018  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
Agriculture & foodFood safety & health risks
Health & life sciencesBiotechnology  |  Medical research  |  Public health
Innovation
Research policyHorizon 2020
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Austria  |  Belgium  |  Bulgaria  |  Czechia  |  Denmark  |  Estonia  |  France  |  Germany  |  Hungary  |  Ireland  |  Italy  |  Netherlands  |  Norway  |  Poland  |  Portugal  |  Romania  |  Spain  |  Sweden  |  United Kingdom
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An integrated response to food-borne disease

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Large-scale food scares like BSE and dioxin-contaminated eggs raised awareness about the health risks posed when a link in the food chain becomes compromised. In the wake of these crises, Europe has developed more effective safety mechanisms that trace food from the ‘farm to the fork’; a new platform is the next step in better protection for animal and human health through more integrated alignment of reference labs and research efforts.

The EU-funded One Health European Joint Programme (EJP) is a platform to boost cooperation between researchers, decision-makers and stakeholders in the field of medicine, veterinary science and consumer health protection. It is a huge undertaking involving 40 laboratories and research centres in 19 countries.

Each partner has been assigned reference tasks, which means they set the yardstick in their respective field of investigation. Communities or networks have been built around the key thematic areas of food-borne zoonoses – when disease or contamination pass between animals and humans – antimicrobial resistance and emerging threats.

Prevent, detect, respond

The main focus within each theme of the EJP is examination of infectious pathogens such as salmonella, campylobacter and Escheria coli, which can be transferred from animals to humans. Guided by ‘prevent-detect-respond’ security practices, partners are developing joint projects and integrated programmes in evidence-based risk assessment and management.

Scientific data, methods and software developed within One Health can be used by national and European institutions to assess health risks and possible preventive measures.

Knowledge-sharing, education and training are important features of the joint activities, with final outputs feeding into a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, and potentially leading to a European One Health P2P, a public-private joint cooperation.

Project details

  • Project acronym: One Health EJP
  • Participants: France (Coordinator), Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, United Kingdom, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden
  • Project N°: 773830
  • Total costs: € 89 999 999
  • EU contribution: € 44 998 999
  • Duration: January 2018 to December 2022

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