Skills and knowledge: research programme
Practical control of Listeria during food production
Campden BRI project 147092 (Jan 2019 – Dec 2020)
Over the years a number of reports/guidance documents have been written (e.g. (FSA, EFSA, FDA) offering advice on how to control L. monocytogenes in the food production environment. But there is a need to summarise and consolidate key approaches and tools to controlling Listeria. This project sets out to produce an up to date one-stop-shop guideline document on controlling Listeria during food production.
Blockchain and emerging approaches supporting food safety management systems
Campden BRI project 147093 (Jan 2019 – Dec 2019)
Blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Each block typically contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp and transaction data. This project will investigate different tools, including blockchain, to decide if they are applicable to food safety management and how they can be used. In addition, the project will assess other emerging approaches to hazard and risk analysis. Techniques such as “Bow-tie” enable visualisation of the evaluation and enhance risk communication. This will be done through interviews and discussions with industry colleagues, by participating in the Global Food Blockchain Initiative and through partnering with selected companies to test and challenge potential systems.
SKIN – Short supply chain Knowledge and Innovation Network
Campden BRI Hungary project (Dec 2016 – Dec 2019)
SKIN is an initiative of 20 partners in 14 countries in the area of Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs). The goals of the project are to systematise and bring knowledge to practitioners, promote collaboration within a demanddriven innovation logic and provide inputs to policymaking through links to the EIP-AGRI. One of main aims is to build and animate a community of about 500 stakeholders, around the identification of good practices in short supply chains across Europe. Partners will scout, analyse and classify a significant number of cases in different countries. Best practices will be systematised, processed into highly usable formats (including video and page-flows) and made accessible to stakeholders via the web (following the EIP AGRI formats) and through the set-up of regional nodes. The work on good practices will also allow identification of key issues (hindrances or opportunities) around SFSCs. Such issues will be the main themes of six innovation challenges workshops, the purpose of which is to stimulate stakeholders to propose new ideas for innovation based research or innovation uptake.
I–CON – Improving COmpetences and skills through Food sector InNovations
Interreg Central Europe Programme project CE393 (Jun 2016 – May 2019)
Funded by Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE
Slovenia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia are facing declining employment opportunities in traditional industries as a result of structural change. This emphasises the need to take steps to stimulate economic activity with employment generating potential in regions that are facing difficulties in maintaining a critical mass of facilities to support economic development. Analysis shows that the food sector is potentially one of the most important fields in which to leverage improvements in the socio-economic situation in remote areas. Within this framework, those Central Europe Countries, together with Austria, Italy and Germany, will design and implement a sustainable transnational action plan to generate competitive advantages for SMEs and proactive hints for intermediaries and institutional representative levels. Ten competent partners, bringing knowledge competences and reliable and strong relationships with their local environments, will collaborate to improve entrepreneurial competences and skills in remote areas through food innovation potentials. Outputs of I-CON www.interreg–central.eu/Content.Node/I–CON.html will be a joint transnational food mentor scheme and a food crowd design platform usability.
Food Law Alert
Campden BRI project 138229
Food Law Alert is a free fortnightly Campden BRI member service providing prompt and succinct news of developments in UK and EU food law, including details of new and proposed legislation and Codex and other expert committee meetings. Links are given to relevant websites from where further information is available.
Food safety and regulatory issues: contaminants applicable to brewing industry
Campden BRI project 132110
Rapid access to information on food safety and regulatory issues is an essential part of controlling risk. In this project, information relating to maximum level for certain contaminants gathered from a variety of international regulatory sources is collated into searchable databases. In addition, briefing notes on key topics are generated and are made accessible to brewing members.