CRA-W contributes to the food authentication research network.
Today Europe needs to bring together researchers, inspection authorities, lawmakers, political decision-makers and financial players to develop tools and put in place strategies for controlling food fraud.
AUTHENT-NET project (H2020) coordinated by Fera Science Ltd kicked off on 1st April 2016. It aims to establish ongoing cooperation between national and international financing organisations in the area of food product authentication, to make the food chain more competitive and to bolster consumer confidence in the food chain by coordinating relevant R&D more closely.
Within the framework of this project CRA-W is coordinating a 16-partner working group in charge of collecting data (reports, projects, publications, directives, etc.) on current initiatives in the area of food authentication and controlling food fraud. CRA-W has expertise built up over a number of years in validating analytical methods based on molecular biology, infrared spectroscopy and analytical chemistry techniques. The aim of these methods is to control and monitor quality and to authenticate and ensure the traceability of food products from the fork to the farm. In that context CRA-W will be responsible for the inventory for Belgium.
CRA-W is also involved in setting up a database and a platform for exchanging information between member states. This platform will enable industry players to obtain details for each country of the organisation in place, the legislation in force, the research funded and the priorities in terms of food authentication and food fraud detection. This will give each production sector a view of current initiatives across the board and concerns and needs in Europe in this area.
The platform will enable complementary activities between member states to be identified and requirements established as regards developing tools for preventing, detecting and anticipating food fraud.
Coordination and Support Action (CSA) project no. 696371 financed by the EU H2020 programme