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FSA pumps £500,000 into food safety funding

May 13
10:54 2013

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has injected £500,000 into funding food safety, authenticity and traceability research in collaboration with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).

The cash, which originates from the FSA’s Strategic Planning Programme, will be channelled through the TSB’s Nutrition for Life – Providing Safe and Healthy Food competition.

“The competition will fund collaborative research and development projects and smaller feasibility studies, aimed at providing safe and healthy foods,” the FSA states on its website.

‘Strategic priorities’

“The agency will consider co-funding successful, innovative projects in the research call, if they fall within our strategic priorities.”

Under the terms of the scheme, the FSA is calling for investigation into identifying the presence or levels of pathogens, contaminants or allergens in food.

It is also inviting tenders for work on implementing processing methods throughout the food chain to improve quality assurance, thus reducing adverse effects or health risks for consumers.

Country of origin

It hopes other topics for exploration will include enabling quick and reliable determination of products or ingredients, country of origin, method of production or the presence of adulterants or substituted or undeclared ingredients.

And the FSA also stated that the cash would be available for research into systems for efficient and robust tracking and monitoring of food, feed, food-producing animals or substances intended for consumption.

More funds available

The agency said more funds could be made available if a large number of good quality projects of interest were submitted.

The FSA is inviting interested parties to apply for a portion of the money by registering with the TSB from May 20.

 

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