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Challenges in food safety as part of food security : lessons learnt on food safety in a globalized world

Mieke Uyttendaele (UGent), Elien De Boeck (UGent) and Liesbeth Jacxsens (UGent)
(2016) Procedia Food Science. 6. p.16-22
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Food safety should accomplish food and nutrition security. A key challenge to scale up food safety globally is to better leverage existing capacity and research working towards evidence-based decisions. At Ghent University since 2009 an annual 3-months international Intensive Training Program on Food Safety, Quality Assurance and Risk Analysis has been organized (www.itpfoodsafety.UGent.be). The trainees were asked to express their opinion on food safety concerns in their country and to select a case study to work on throughout the course. Main food safety issues had to do with bacterial pathogens, pesticide residues and mycotoxins which were challenged by lack of food safety knowledge and appropriate legislation and enforcement by government. They welcomed education and training on these topics in particular to elaborate on control measures including good hygienic practices, implementation of certified food safety management systems and setting of appropriate criteria. A number of topics are highlighted here in particular as these topics were shown to have a common ground of interest by several participants in several countries and throughout the years. These topics include among others safety of street foods, safe milk and cheese production, and risk assessment to control Salmonella and pathogenic E. coli in meat (and other foods). Although some recurring food safety issues could be identified, other topics are of particular concern in selected countries because of specific cultural appropriate eating habits. The world is changing fast. Problems change and the information stream is very intense. Leaders in food security should be aware about food safety as well, and will have to develop an attitude of continuous learning, critical thinking and be given the right tools("know how") to develop local solutions to address the emerging societal and environmental challenges to provide sufficient, safe, healthy, nutritious and sustainable produced food to the world's population.
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Food safety, management, risk assessment, international, training

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Uyttendaele, Mieke, Elien De Boeck, and Liesbeth Jacxsens. 2016. “Challenges in Food Safety as Part of Food Security : Lessons Learnt on Food Safety in a Globalized World.” In Procedia Food Science, ed. Chaminda N Walpita, Patrick Sorgeloos, Iddya Karunasagar, and KKDS Ranaweera, 6:16–22. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science.
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Uyttendaele, M., De Boeck, E., & Jacxsens, L. (2016). Challenges in food safety as part of food security : lessons learnt on food safety in a globalized world. In C. N. Walpita, P. Sorgeloos, I. Karunasagar, & K. Ranaweera (Eds.), Procedia Food Science (Vol. 6, pp. 16–22). Presented at the International conference of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka 2015 (ICSUSL 2015): Challenges beyond food security, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science.
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Uyttendaele M, De Boeck E, Jacxsens L. Challenges in food safety as part of food security : lessons learnt on food safety in a globalized world. In: Walpita CN, Sorgeloos P, Karunasagar I, Ranaweera K, editors. Procedia Food Science. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science; 2016. p. 16–22.
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Uyttendaele, Mieke, Elien De Boeck, and Liesbeth Jacxsens. “Challenges in Food Safety as Part of Food Security : Lessons Learnt on Food Safety in a Globalized World.” Procedia Food Science. Ed. Chaminda N Walpita et al. Vol. 6. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science, 2016. 16–22. Print.
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  author       = {Uyttendaele, Mieke and De Boeck, Elien and Jacxsens, Liesbeth},
  booktitle    = {Procedia Food Science},
  editor       = {Walpita, Chaminda N and Sorgeloos, Patrick and Karunasagar, Iddya and Ranaweera, KKDS},
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  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Colombo, Sri Lanka},
  pages        = {16--22},
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  title        = {Challenges in food safety as part of food security : lessons learnt on food safety in a globalized world},
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  volume       = {6},
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