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  1. 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 ...

    17 October 2014

  2. 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 ...

    10 November 2014

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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 ...

    30 April 2014

  6. 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 ...

    30 April 2014

  7. 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

  8. 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

  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. 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

  11. 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

  12. MARS Bulletin Vol. 20 No. 1

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report detailing the results of the Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS (MARS) Unit Bulletin, Volume 20, No.1. There were milder than usual thermal conditions over most of Europe, providing favourable conditions for the ...

    30 April 2014

  13. MARS Bulletin Vol 20, No 3

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report detailing the results of the Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS (MARS) Unit Bulletin, Volume 20, No.3. third Bulletin 2012 BARUTH Bettina MAIORANO ANDREA VASSILEV Vassil SEGUINI LORENZO NIEMEYER Stefan BETTIO Ma ...

    30 April 2014

  14. MARS Bulletin Vol. 20, No. 4

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report detailing the results of the Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS (MARS) Unit Bulletin, Volume 20, No.4. A very mild but predominantly dry March boosted the start of the season in central and eastern Europe, but h ...

    30 April 2014

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. From the packet to the pan: keeping harmful chemicals out of your food

    Examples of JRC research making the life of Europe's citizens safer and more secure in the area of food safety. (2009) 2009 Leaflets Health and consumer protection food/feed safety quality chemical IHCP IRMM jrc_leaflet_food_materials_de.pdf jrc_leaf ...

    30 April 2014

  22. From mad cows to melamine: reliable food safety testing

    Examples of JRC research making the life of Europe's citizens safer and more secure in the area of food safety testing. (2009) 2009 Leaflets Health and consumer protection food/feed safety quality IHCP IRMM jrc_leaflet_food_safety_de.pdf jrc_leaflet_ ...

    30 April 2014

  23. JRC Newsletter September 2013

    In this issue: Editorial by Reinhard F. Hüttl, Chairman of Euro-CASE, the umbrella organisation of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering. Cover story: Keeping a close eye on natural hazards. In the news: the JRC's contribution t ...

    30 April 2014

  24. Risk Management and Agricultural Insurance Schemes in Europe

    Agricultural producers face a series of risks affecting the income and welfare of their households. These are mainly production risks related to weather conditions, pests and diseases, market conditions, liberalization policies, climate change, etc. In re ...

    30 April 2014

  25. Extractability of the peanut allergen Ara h 2 from a model food matrix

    The extractability of the peanut allergen Ara h 2 from model food matrix, namely cookie dough containing different amount of peanut flour (1%, 5% and 10 % w:w) was assessed through two-dimensional differential in gel electrophoresis (2D DIGE) and an Ara h ...

    30 April 2014