The EU-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project will host a stakeholder event and open science meeting at the Royal Flemish Academy of Science and Art in Brussels, Belgium, from 25-26 January 2017. The conference, entitled ‘Seafood Safety: New Findings & Innovation Challenges’ is a unique event that marks the end of the ECsafeSEAFOOD project which has assessed food safety issues related to non-regulated contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination and evaluated their impact on public health.
Seafood has been recognised as a high-quality, healthy and safe food type and is one of the most important food commodities consumed worldwide. However, seafood, like other types of food, can also be a source of harmful environmental contaminants with potential to impact on human health. To address these issues, ECsafeSEAFOOD provides scientific evidence to serve as a basis for further development of seafood safety, public health and environmental policies and measures, by seeking to establish a quantitative link between the contamination of the marine environment and that of seafood.
Conference participants will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge on seafood safety, identify the key issues associated with seafood safety in Europe and discuss strategies to mitigate these risks, debate seafood safety risks and challenges, and network with food safety experts.
A diverse set of topics will be discussed during Seafood Safety – New Findings & Innovation Challenges, including: consumer concerns and needs; marine toxins in seafood and the environment; toxicity and modelling of seafood contaminants; rapid detection tools for environmental contaminants; quality assurance of seafood monitoring data; the future of seafood safety; communication outreach and education.