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European Union-risk analysis information network

Contract number : QLK1-2002-02178
Contract type : Concerted Action
Total cost : Under negotiation
EC contribution : Under negotiation
Starting date : not yet determined
Duration : 36 Months
Scientific Officer : Achim Boenke
Project website : not yet available
Dr Declan Bolton
Food Safety Department
The National Food Centre
Dunsinea, Castleknock
Dublin 15
Tel.: +353-1-8059500
Fax: +353-1-8059550
E-mail: dbolton @

There are an estimated 34.5 million cases of food poisoning within the EU every year, which represents an unacceptable social (human suffering) and economic (health care and lost working days) cost. Food safety assurance is traditionally retrospective, relying on random testing of the finished product. This may be unreliable and gives no real information about the safety of the food in question at the time of consumption. Risk analysis is a new, proactive, preventative approach to food safety and is becoming the new cornerstone in producing safe, acceptable food. Risk analysis may be divided into risk assessment, risk management and risk communication.

  • To establish an EU risk assessment information network and database where researchers, epidemiologists, etc. can pool data for subsequent application in microbial risk assessment. Although primarily targeted at EU scientists, this database will be web-based and therefore accessible to the entire international community and may accommodate data from non-participating European and other countries.
  • To focus on catering as the current weak link in risk assessment data and identify risk assessment research priorities for the future by establishing other areas of the food chain where the necessary microbial data is lacking.
  • To develop HACCP-based risk management strategies through the development of harmonised, farm, meat, retail and catering HACCP procedures/systems for horizontal application within a given sector of the food chain but which may also be vertically integrated to form a HACCP control system covering the entirety of the food chain.
  • To review epidemiological methodologies and data in relation to food poisoning with particular focus on its application in risk assessment.
  • To develop risk communication strategies for consumers, scientists and regulators based on the psychological and marketing sciences including such issues as perceptions of risk and current consumer food safety knowledge.
  • To identify gaps in knowledge and to determine the research needs to reduce these and to further ensure the future implementation of tools developed during this concerted action. These identified research needs will be widely published by all possible means.
(expected) Results and achievements

This project will provide a database and data for microbial risk assessment from farm to fork, with particular emphasis on epidemiological data and catering. It will publish detailed HACCP based risk management guidance documents for farm HACCP, beef, pork and lamb slaughter and processing HACCP, retail and catering HACCP as well as a HACCP based guide for domestic kitchens. EU-RAIN will also provide the scientific basis for effective risk communication between consumers, food industry personnel, scientists and regulators. These will be achieved by the Concerted Action members and invited experts at 6 meetings/conferences where data will be presented and discussed.


Food Safety Department
The National Food Centre
Dunsinea, Castleknock
Dublin 15
University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
Institute of Meat Hygiene, Meat Technology and Food Science
Veterinńrplatz 1
1210 Wien
University of Ulster
Food Microbiology Research Group
School of Applied Medical Sciences
University of Ulster at Jordanstown
Shore Road
Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim
BT37 0QB
United Kingdom
Food Standards Agency
Aviation House
125 Kingsway
WC 2B 6NH London
United Kingdom
The Microbiology Department
Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association
Station Road
Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
GL55 6LD
United Kingdom
Norwegian Food Research Institute
Oslovn. 1
1430 ┼s
Department of Clinical Veterinary Science
University of Bristol
Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
United Kingdom
Department of Food Hygiene and Technology
Veterinary Faculty
Campus la Vegazana
University of Leˇn
24071 Leˇn
Utrecht University
Department of the Science of Food of Animal Origen
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Yalelaan 2
3508 TD Utrecht
The Netherlands
Department of Animal Sciences
Colorado State University
Fort Collins
Colorado 80523-1171
TNO Nutrition and Food Research
P.O.Box 360, 3700 AJ Zeist
The Netherlands
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Lacombe Research Centre
6000 C & E Trail
Lacombe, Alberta
T4L 1R5
Norwegian Meat Research Centre
PO Box 396 Okern
0513 Oslo
The Microbiology and Product Safety Department
SIK-The Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology
223 70 Lund
Department of Food & Environmental Hygiene
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 57
00014 Helsinki University
Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumer Sciences
Warsaw Agricultural University - SGGW Nowoursynowska 159C
02-787 Warszawa
Department of Agricultural Industries
Laboratory of Microbiology and Biotechnology of Foods
University of Athens
Iera Odos 75
11855 Athens
Instituto Zooprofilattico delle Venezia
Via Romea 14/A
35020 Legnaro
National Association for Consumer protection in Hungary (OFE)
Balatou u. 27
1055 Budapest
INRA Lille
369 rue Jules Guesto
P.O. Box 39
59651 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex

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