H2020 EU-China-Safe: Delivering an Effective, Resilient and Sustainable EU-China Food Safety Partnership

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H2020 EU-China-Safe:

Delivering an Effective, Resilient andSustainable EU-China Food Safety Partnership

This project has received joint funding forFlagship Project in Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology from the China Inter-governmentalInternational Cooperation on S&T Innovation under National Key R&DProgramme from Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST grant No2017YFE0110800) and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programmeunder grant agreement No. 727864.

EU-China-Safe will mobilize resources in Europe and China todevelop a cohesive partnership that will deliver a shared vision for foodsafety and authenticity and work towards “mutual recognition”. Comprising 20participants from the China and 16 from EU, EU-China-Safe contains key researchorganizations, government and industry needed to develop and jointly implementmajor advances in improving food safety and combating food fraud in the twotrading blocks.

EU-China-Safe will build the core components needed for a jointEU-China food safety control system comprising: control management, foodlegislation, food inspection, food control laboratories, and food safety andquality information, education and communication.

The project will develop an EU-China Joint Laboratory Networkthat will achieve and demonstrate equivalency of results, and will develop astate of the art virtual laboratory, with interchangeable staff from twocontinents, that will be used as a “showcase” to communicate and demonstratebest practice. Innovative traceability tools will strengthen the mostvulnerable supply chains. New or improved detection capabilities forchemical/microbiological hazards and food fraud will be implemented in aharmonized way across the EU-China network. Trade barriers caused by foodsafety and fraud issues will be analyzed and recommendations of how to predictand prevent future events disseminated.

The project will focus on the most commonly reported foodslinked to chemical and microbiological contamination and fraud (infant formula,processed meat, fruits, vegetables, wine, honey, spices).

Substantial knowledge transfer and training actions will buildhigh-level and long-term collaboration, synergies and trust between a widerange of EU and China actors.

These advances, in addition to a wider range of confidencebuilding measures towards food safety, authenticity and transparency, willaddress consumer expectations and facilitate an expansion of EU- China trade.

Strategic objective:

To develop and implement a shared vision ofbest practice within the EU and China that will enhance food safety, deter foodfraud, restore consumer trust, deliver mutual recognition of data and standardsand support the flow of agri-food trade between the two trading blocks topromote economic growth.

Specific objectives:

  • To define a shared framework for harmonization and visualization of data that will enable convergence of standards and practices

  • To improve transparency in management of the food chain through the development of a digitized DNA system and innovative traceability tools

  • To develop, in collaboration, new/improved food authenticity surveillance systems

  • To develop, in collaboration, improved food safety systems and practices.

  • To build confidence in EU-China trade by improved understanding of consumer practices and regulatory frameworks, the latter by developing and demonstrating mutual recognition of laboratory standards and results.

  • To enhance EU-China co-operation and knowledge exchange through a series of joint initiatives on training and dissemination, in the area of assuring the integrity of exported and imported food

The focus of these objectives is to bringabout improvements in consumer confidence and safety and facilitate sustainablegrowth in trade between the EU and China.


prof.Yongning Wu (China) prof.Christopher Elliott (EU)

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