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Food Quality and Safety research: first results from FP6

Brussels, 12 December 2006

[ press kit available ]


A dozen research team leaders from EU-funded research projects on food quality and safety

Conference on “Food Quality and Safety research: first results from FP6”

12 December 2006
(conference starts at 9:45 sharp)

Brussels (Location t.b.c.)

On 12 December in Brussels, the European Commission will present first results from projects in the area of food quality and safety which were funded from the EU's Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6, 2002-2006). A dozen co-operative research projects with international teams will present their newest findings related to the quality and safety of our food.

Topics presented will include cancer-risk reducing foods, organic farming, animal welfare, veterinarians and medics teaming up to make a link between food safety and public health and technological solutions for industry in improving traceability of foods. Speakers will also report on products and services ready for commercialisation, as well as work in progress and interim results with significant potential for exploitation

The thematic priority "Food Quality and Safety" within FP6 has very interesting results emerging from its most recent work, funded by the EU's research portfolio. Over EUR 700 million so far have been invested, highlighting the importance attached to research in this area by the European Parliament, member states and the Commission. The Directorate-General for Research, will for the first time publicize these recent results.

For a conference programme please see below.

Additional information on this press event:

  • As mentioned in the programme, a press lunch will take place between 12:20 and 13:20 at the Centre A. Borschette (room t.b.c.) and will enable journalists to meet and discuss with the project coordinators.
  • In addition, a limited number of seats will be made available to journalists during the entire conference (Centre A. Borschette).



Maria Locchi, Information officer
Directorate for Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food
Research DG, European Commission
Tel: +32.2.295 06 36, Fax: +32.2.299 18 60


Michael H. Wappelhorst, Press officer
Communication Unit, Research DG, European Commission
Tel: +32.2.298 75 75, Fax: +32.2.295 82 20
E-Mail: Michael.Wappelhorst


Spokesperson for Science and Research
Antonia Mochan Communication DG, European Commission
Tel.: +32.2.296 9921
E-mail Antonia.Mochan

Food Quality and Safety Research: First Results from FP6
12 December 2006 (Brussels)

9.45: Introduction Christian Patermann, Director Research DG

10h00: Session one - Improved plant production systems

10.00 – 10.20 CleanFruit: Enabling cleaner fruit production in the Mediterranean using sterile insect technique.
Neil Goldsmith, Insecta Ltd., UK

10.20 – 10.40 QUALITY LOW INPUT FOOD: Improving organic and "low input" cereal production systems; the importance of developing a whole systems approach.
Carlo Leifert, University of Newcastle, UK

10.40 – 11.00 Grain Legumes: New strategies to improve grain legumes for food and feed.
(to be confirmed)

11h00: Questions and Answers

11h15: Break

11h30: Session two - Nutrition and health

11.30 – 11.50 CASCADE: Red berry phytoestrogen decreases cancer risk through estrogen signalling system.
Sari Mäkelä, University of Turku, FI

11.50 – 12.10 SEAFOODplus: Integrated research on improving health and well-being of the European consumer.
Gertjan Schaafsma, Wageningen University, NL

12h10: Questions and Answers

12h20: Lunch

12h20-13h20: Press point (journalists meeting food researchers)

13h45: Session three - Improved animal production systems, including welfare

13.45 – 14.05 EADGENE: A network for integration of genomics research tools and common research objectives for animal health.
Steve Bishop, Roslin Institute, UK
Mari Smits, ID-Lelystad, NL

14.05 – 14.25 Welfare Quality: Integration of animal welfare in the food quality chain.
Linda Keeling, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE

14.25 – 14.45 REPLACE: Results of the screening of 500 plant samples.
John Wallace, Rowett Research Institute, UK

14h45: Questions and Answers

15h00: Break

15h15: Session four - Food safety from fork to farm

15.15 – 15.35 Med-Vet-Net: Working together across the food chain to prevent pains in the gut.
Diane G. Newell, Veterinary laboratories Agency, New Haw, UK

15.35 – 15.55 Biocop: Detecting multiple chemical contaminants in foods.
Chris Elliott, Queen's University, Belfast, UK

15.55 – 16.15 Heatox: Acrylamide in foods - still a health risk?
Kerstin Skog, Lunds University, SE

16.15 – 16.35 Safe Foods: Promoting Food Safety through a New Integrated Risk Analysis Approach for Foods.
Adriane König, University of Oxford, UK

16h35: Questions and answers

16h50: Discussion Panel

17h15: Conclusion


PLEASE FAX TO +32.2.2991860

To apply for your attendance, please send e-mail or fax enclosed form to:

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Food Quality and Safety research:
first results from FP6

Brussels (Belgium), 12 December 2006


[ ] Yes, I would like to attend the press point on 12 December between 12:20 and 13:20 hrs.

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[ ] In addition, I wish to attend the entire conference on 12 December 2006 in Brussels.

[ ] No, I am unable to attend, but would like to receive further information (press kit)

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[ ] cleaner food production

[ ] organic and "low input" cereal production

[ ] grain legumes

[ ] relations between berry phytoestrogen and cancer risks

[ ] sea-food and health effects

[ ] genomics research tools for animal health

[ ] animal welfare and food quality chain

[ ] plant sampling

[ ] food ingredients (food safety issues)



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