VEG-I-TRADE : Impact of climate change and globalisation on safety of fresh produce – governing a supply chain of uncompromised food sovereignty

Project identifier 142-VEG-I-TRADE
Project Status finished
Start date 2010-05-01
End date 2014-04-30
Roadmap Theme
  • Expansion and improvement of agricultural markets and trade: Methodologies for food safety issues
  • Type of Project Applied research project
    Location Cameroon; Egypt; South Africa; Norway; Spain; Netherlands; Belgium; Brazil; Switzerland; India; Serbia
    Budget 7 584 416
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (FP7)
    Coordinator Ghent University
  • Norwegian Veterinary Institute
  • CSIC - Spanish National Research Council
  • Wageningen University
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
  • Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)
  • Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
  • Inagro
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • University of Pretoria
  • Royal International Inspection Laboratories (RIIL)
  • Allgro NV
  • Special Fruit NV
  • Van Laethem bvba
  • Gartnerhallen SA
  • Primaflor
  • SCIPROM Sàrl
  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  • Vega Mayor S.L.
  • Contariego S.L.
  • University of Belgrade – Faculty of Agriculture
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    VEG-i-TRADE provides platforms to identify impacts of anticipated climate change and globalisation on food safety, microbiological and chemical hazards, of fresh produce and derived food products. Control measures of managerial and technological nature will be developed in the supply chain of crop production, post-harvest processing and logistics to minimize food safety risks. The assessment of the performance of horticultural safety management systems by a novel diagnostic instrument at EU level exemplified by several countries in Europe and tailored on a global level including major EU trade partners from various climate zones will lead to recommendations on European and global level on quality assurance and the setting of science-based performance objectives. VEG-i-TRADE will pro-actively invest in problem solving technologies for safe produce investigating aspects of water quality and water treatment, horticultural production practices, disinfection treatment and packaging technologies. These control measures will be exploited in collaboration with SMEs and industrial partners. Baseline studies on the hazards, intervention technologies and best practices in the fresh produce chain will provide input for both microbial and chemical risk assessment to elaborate support to risk-based sampling plans, evaluate the risks of newly identified threats as affected by the global trade system and anticipated climate change. The project output will craft a discussion forum for stakeholders in the global food chain reflecting on issues of acceptable risk, sustainability of fresh produce production and long term strategy of international food trade, while making no compromise in food safety for European consumers and in respectation of food sovereignty. Risk communication to increase awareness of trade partners’ production systems and the uneven consumer behaviour will provide key conditions for prioritisation of risk management strategies.