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Working on Safe Food for Infants in the EU and China

Written by Creme Global
05/10/2020

Last week we participated in the launch of SAFFI project. The Horizon 2020 EU-funded SAFFI project will develop procedures to enhance top-down and bottom-up hazard control by combining management options. The goal is to improve risk-based food safety management of biohazards through omics and predictive microbiology, and use of predictive toxicology. SAFFI will also co-develop a decision support system to enhance safety controls along the food chain. Focusing on the EU and China, the project will also set up training and knowledge transfer activities to foster harmonisation of good practices.

Project Objective

SAFFI targets food for EU’s 15 million and China’s 45 million children under the age of three. It aims at developing an integrated approach to enhance the identification, assessment, detection and mitigation of safety risks raised by microbial and chemical hazards all along EU and China infant food chains. SAFFI will benchmark the main safety risks through an extensive hazard identification system based on multiple data sources and a risk ranking procedure. It will also develop procedures to enhance top-down and bottom-up hazard control by combining management options with a panel of technologies for the detection and mitigation of priority hazards. SAFFI will discover unexpected contaminants by predictive toxicology and improve risk-based food safety management of biohazards by omics and predictive microbiology. SAFFI will co-develop with and deliver to stakeholders a decision-support system (DSS) to enhance safety control all along the food chain. This DSS will integrate the databases, procedures and methods described above and will be a framework for a generic DSS dedicated to other food. This overall methodology will be implemented in two complementary European and Chinese mirror projects and exemplified for each, with four case studies that were selected to cover priority hazards, main ingredients, processes and control steps of the infant food chain. Resulting databases, tools and procedures will be shared, cross-validated, concatenated, benchmarked and finally harmonized for further use in the EU and China. SAFFI will also set up training and knowledge transfer activities to foster EU-China harmonization of good practices, regulations, standards and technologies, and will cluster with other projects under the EU-China FAB Flagship initiative for continuous upgrade of food safety control. This EU-China multi-actor consortium of 20 partners involves academia, food safety authorities, infant food companies, paediatrics and technological and data-science SMEs.

Applying our expertise

Creme Global’s role within the SAFFI project will be the development of a generic DSS (Decision Support System) for hazard identification, risk ranking, hazard control and hazard detection in the infant food chain. The aim of the DSS tool will be to predict the global risk and benefit of scenarios of infant food hazard control systems shared in the EU and China based on multi-criteria analysis of the hazard focus and the technologies of control and detection explored in SAFFI integrating food safety, regulatory and socio-economic inputs and to provide recommendations and guidelines for stakeholders (supply chain actors, food safety authorities, consumers) based on their inputs/food safety specifications/requirements.