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EU and China tackle food fraud together

The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast will lead one of the world’s largest food safety projects across Europe and China [3].

The European Horizon 2020 programme and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) programme have awarded €10 million towards an EU-China partnership to improve food safety and tackle food fraud.

The EU-China-Safe project will involve 33 key players in the food industry, research organisations and governments across two of the world’s largest trading areas, including 15 partners in the EU and 18 in China. It aims to reduce food fraud and increase food safety by focusing on improving food legislation and food inspection as well as increasing access to information across both continents. State-of–theart technologies, including a virtual laboratory, will create a unique space to share and demonstrate best practice. The use of innovative technologies should result in improved detection of adulteration of food products as well as increased traceability and transparency of global supply chains.

The project will address the need to act internationally in response to emerging threats to food safety and fraud. It aims to empower the food industry to provide safer, authentic food, to boost consumer confidence and ultimately facilitate the expansion of EU-China trade.

Reported instances of food fraud are on the increase globally. Recent food fraud incidents have had devastating consequences.

Horse meat was labelled and sold as beef in Europe in 2013. Illicit cooking oil (known as gutter oil), which had been recycled from waste oil collected from sources, such as restaurant fryers, grease traps, slaughterhouse waste and sewage, was sold in China in 2014.



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