Collab4Safety - SPI supports the organization of a global food safety event in Moscow, Russia

31 March 2014

The 2nd Collab4Safety (C4S) Regional event was held on 18 March 2014 in Russia, with hands-on support from SPI. C4S is an initiative funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union
(http://www.collab4safety.eu).
The project workshop “Sustainable global cooperation on food safety” was organized in the House of Moscow Government within the framework of the International Conference “Biotechnology and Quality of Life” and the exhibition “Biotech World”. C4S workshop was included in the list of official events to take place in the frameworks of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014.

The 2nd C4S Regional event had 120 participants including representatives of national agencies, members of international organizations, participants of policy makers, industry and non-governmental organizations members.
In the morning session the participants of workshop had opportunity to take part in the official opening ceremony of the Conference on Biotechnology.

C4S workshop had its rich programme and started with the opening speeches. The welcome addresses were made by Richard Burger – research and innovation Counselor Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation, Dirk Pottier – scientific officer of the Directorate General Research and Innovation of the European Commission, and Vladimir Popov – the director of Institute of Biochemistry RAS.
C4S participants provided information about the scope of the project, its results and activities. The coordinator of the project, Hans Marvin from RIKILT, the Netehrlands, described the international collaboration on food safety and highlighted the early warning of food safety problems. Helen Kendall from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom presented the Delphi method as a tool to analyze experts´opinion concerning existing and emerging food safety risks. Sofia Esteves from Sociedade Portuguesa de Portugal (SPI), Portugal, introduced C4S stakeholders database
(http://web.spi.pt/collab4safety/database) comprising of the profiles and contact details of experts working worldwide in the area of food safety. Currently more than 1500 stakeholders from more than 120 countries have registered their profiles. The project team is also working on building the global food safety portal that includes research and innovation, policy, education and training related food safety issues.
For effective collaboration during the workshop simultaneous translation was organized.

A great attention was dedicated to the questions of the co-operation between Russia and the European Union. In the presentations of Dirk Pottier and Irina Sharova, representing the Russian National Contact Point on Biotechnology, the European policy for food safety in the EU Framework Programme “Horizon 2020” was emphasized as well as the different ways of collaboration between EU and Russian research teams.

All global issues have a scientific background. Therefore, in the frameworks of the C4S workshop, research presentations were also made. Boris Dzantiev from the Institute of Biochemistry RAS presented the current trends of analytical techniques for monitoring of toxic contaminants in foodstuffs. Katrina Campbell from the Queen’s University in Belfast discussed the marine toxin analysis. Lyubov Dyshlyuk from the Kemerovo Institute of Food Science and Technology described the development of molecular genetic test systems for prion infection.

Branch-related problems of food safety and their interception with harmonization of national and international approaches were considered in a set of reports. Irina Chernukha from the All-Russian Meat Research Institute focused here presentation on hazards and risk management in the manufacturing of meat products. Song Weiguo from the Shanghai Institute of Agro-food Standard and Testing Technology presented the dietary exposure assessment of pesticide residues in vegetables, fruits and mushrooms. Elena Yurova from the All-Russian Research and Development Institute of Dairy Industry, characterized specific problem of identity and safety control in dairy industry.

All reports during the workshop were interesting and relevant, as also indicated by a great number of participants in the evaluation forms they filled out after the event.
The C4S Regional event in Moscow gave the participants the unique chance to obtain new knowledge, share their experience, find new information resources and communicate with domestic and foreign experts in the area of food safety.