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  1. Global food security

    According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) by effect of demographic growth and changes in diets and incomes, demand for food is likely to grow by 70% until 2050. The current outlook of increasing global demand is mirrored by considerable unc ...

    30 April 2014

  2. Food and feed safety

    Food needs to be nutritious, fresh and above all safe. Consumers should be able to have trust in the products they buy. Recent "food crises" such as dioxins in food and feed, mad cow disease, melamine in milk products, plasticisers in sprot drin ...

    30 April 2014

  3. Food authenticity and quality

    The labeling of food products is essential to inform consumers what kind of products they are buying. EU harmonised rules on food labeling, presentation and advertising aim to protect consumers and facilitate trade inside and outside Europe. Recently an i ...

    30 April 2014

  4. Food contact materials

    What are food contact materials? Food contact materials comprise all materials and articles that come or are intended to come in contact with food, e.g. food packaging materials, kitchen utensils, tableware and food processing equipment. They can be made ...

    01 September 2015

  5. Foreign fats in chocolate

    Discontinued activity The so-called Chocolate Directive (Directive 2000/36/EC) allows the addition of up to 5% of vegetable fats other than cocoa butter, the so-called cocoa butter equivalents (CBEs), in chocolate. If CBEs are added, consumers have to be ...

    24 October 2014

  6. Organic food and sustainable agriculture

    Food scares have increased consumer awareness in all aspects of food safety and quality. As a result, consumers have increasingly expressed preferences with respect to agricultural practices and geographical origin. Policy makers also have recognised the ...

    01 September 2015

  7. Reference materials for food analysis

    The certified reference materials distributed by the JRC give measurement laboratories a means to validate analytical methods and to assess the accuracy of their measurement results. Over the years, the JRC has developed a broad variety of food related re ...

    02 September 2015

  8. Nutrition

    Eating habits can go a long way towards ensuring good health. Low consumption of fruits, vegetables or fibre, and excess intakes of salt, sugars, and trans and saturated fats are among the top contributors to death and disability caused by non-communicabl ...

    02 September 2015

  9. The first year of implementation of the LPIS quality assessment in the frame of Comm. Reg. No 1122/2009 art. 6.2

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report presenting the JRC activities and developments of the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) quality assurance framework during 2011. This document reports on the JRC activities on and developments of the LPI ...

    30 April 2014

  10. How can science support policy makers in addressing the nutritional challenges of Europe?: A workshop organised within the frame of the JRC Enlargement and Integration Action programme

    JRC book reporting on nutritional issues that affect the E&IA countries and that, not surprisingly, are similar to those affecting EU-27 nations and other developed countries. There is a clear albeit complex link between nutrition and health. This wor ...

    30 April 2014

  11. The certification of the mass fractions of elements in bovine muscle (ERM®-BB184)

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report describes the preparation of a bovine muscle matrix reference material ERM® BB184, and the certification of the contents (mass fractions) of seven elements.   This report describes the preparation of a bovine m ...

    30 April 2014

  12. Event-specific Method for the Quantification of Soybean FG72 Using Real-time PCR: Validation Report and Validated Method

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report detailing the results of an event-specific method for the quantification of soybean FG72 using real-time PCR. In line with its mandate the European Union Reference Laboratory for GM food and Feed (EU-RL GMFF), ...

    30 April 2014

  13. Report on the Verification of the Performance of MON87701 and MON89788 Event-specific Methods on the Soybean Event MON87701 x MON89788 Using Real-time PCR

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research report outlining the results of a study which assessed the performance of two quantitative event-specific methods on the soybean event MON87701 x MON89788 (unique identifier MON-877Ø1-2 x MON-89788-1) which combines t ...

    30 April 2014

  14. Event-specific Method for the Quantification of Maize MON87460 Using Real-time PCR: Validation Report and Validated Method

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report which details the results of a collaborative study carried out to assess the performance of a quantitative event-specific method to detect and quantify the MON 87460 transformation event in maize DNA. The Europ ...

    30 April 2014

  15. Event-specific method for the quantification of soybean MON 87705 using real-time PCR validation report

    JRC Scientific and Technical Report presenting the results of the collaborative study on GMOs. The European Union Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed (EU-RL GMFF), established by Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003, in collaboration with ...

    30 April 2014

  16. Drought Monitoring with Estimates of the Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically-Active Radiation (fAPAR) Derived from MERIS

    Article presenting the methodology adopted within European Drought Observatory (EDO), and the Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically-Active Radiation (fAPAR) data used, in the context of drought monitoring. The Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Act ...

    30 April 2014

  17. LPIS Quality Assurance Framework- ETS Annex I- LPIS data quality measures, version 5.1

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report containing the definition and comprehensive description of the quality measures of the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) data, which provide the necessary and sufficient information to properly evaluate ...

    30 April 2014

  18. EFSA Spatial Data Version 1.1: Data Properties and Processing

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report presenting update to the previous data, referred to as European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Spatial Data Version 1.1, in the context of submissions of exposure estimates of pesticides in the soil and according ...

    30 April 2014

  19. Determination of semduramicin in poultry feed additive, premixture and compound feed by liquid chromatography and UV spectrophotometric detection after post-column derivatisation

    JRC article in journal describing a method for the determination of semduramicin in poultry compound feed, premixtures and feed additive as well as its discrimination from other coccidiostats in poultry compound feed. A new, simple and fit for purpose met ...

    30 April 2014

  20. The certification of different mass fractions of DAS-40278-9 in maize seed powder: ERM®-BF433a,ERM®-BF433b, ERM®-BF433c and ERM®-BF433d

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report describing the production of a set of Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) ERM-BF433a, b, c and d, certified for their DAS-40278-9 mass fractions. The material has been produced following ISO Guide 34:2009.   T ...

    30 April 2014

  21. Chapter 3: Analytical Quality Assurance

    A JRC authored book chapter providing an overview which covers basic aspects relevant to quality with a special focus on analytical quality in the field of food analysis. Thousands of analytical measurements are performed every day in food laboratories al ...

    30 April 2014

  22. The impact of analytical quality criteria and data evaluation on the quantification of genetically modified organisms

    Article considering different data evaluation approaches for qPCR raw data from three interlaboratory comparisons and assessing the impact on the mean DNA copy number ratio and its standard deviation. The article discusses the importance of raw data evalu ...

    30 April 2014

  23. The agri-food sector in Ukraine: Current situation and market outlook until 2025

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report giving an overview on the Ukrainian agri-food sector and providing an outlook for the developments in agricultural markets for Ukraine, focusing on the main agricultural commodities. This report gives an overvi ...

    30 April 2014

  24. Interim Evaluation Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community (2007-2013) Direct actions of the Joint Research Centre

    This report presents the interim evaluation of the direct actions by the Joint Research Centre under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Community (EC) for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013). ...

    30 April 2014

  25. Science in support of food security- Some JRC examples

    The JRC works closely with EU bodies and external partners in their efforts to enhance food security worldwide. (2011) 2011 Brochures Agriculture and food security food/feed security IES IPTS jrc_2011_foodsecurity_leaflet.pdf ...

    30 April 2014