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. The European Horizon 2020 programme and 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 project, coordinated by Professor Chris Elliott, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Queen’s and Professor Yongning Wu, Chief Scientist from the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, brings together 15 European actors from 10 different countries and 18 Chinese Organisations.
The EU-China-Safe project involves key players in the food industry, research organisations and Governments across two of the world’s largest trading areas. EU-China-Safe will reduce food fraud and improve food security by focusing on improving legislation, food inspection and increasing access to information on both continents. Advanced technologies, including a virtual lab, will create a unique space to share and demonstrate best practices. The use of innovative technologies will allow better detection of food spoilage as well as increased traceability and transparency of global supply chains.
Euroquality contributed to the setting up of the project and will coordinate the administrative and financial management of the project.