The Ag-Fisk funded project Authenticate will have Workshop on food integrity and available methods for detecting food fraud in the seafood industry in the Faroe Islands on November 14th. Growing societal demand for food authenticity, safety and broader food security is creating both new opportunities and increased challenges for Nordic seafood suppliers, manufacturers and retailers.
Numerous genetic studies have now been published that demonstrate high levels of substitution and mislabelling across a variety of seafood products. These studies have clearly demonstrated that seafood mislabelling is a widespread phenomenon, however they have also highlighted that there is a huge diversity of methodologies that have been developed for identifying/distinguishing between species. If properly coordinated, developed and implemented, these technologies could be used to provide the confidence and information necessary to assure consumers they are receiving safe, high-quality food and feed products.
The overall results will be a competitive advantage to Nordic products being sold in international markets, if the testing regimes are transparent and properly marketed to both consumers and producers. These tools can also help identify vulnerabilities in varied supply chains and evaluate their broader impacts (e.g. financial and liability risks) to industry. In addition, the establishment of an efficient, validated, standardized transnational procedure for monitoring authenticity in the seafood, within a regulatory and legal context remains key to accurately testing food and providing robust evidence for prosecuting those that break the law.
- 9:00-9:15 Welcome and introduction (Jónas Vidarsson – Matís, Iceland)
- 9:15-9:45 Food integrity – overall challenges and standards (Patrick Berg Sørdahl – Nofima, Norway)
- 9:45-10:15 Food integrity and animal feed (Jónas Vidarsson – Matís, Iceland)
- 10:15-10:45 Coffee brake
- 10:45-11:15 Microbial pathogens and available detection methods (Guðbjörg Ólafsdóttir – Matís, Iceland)
- 11:15-11:45 The role of genomics in detection of food fraud (Guðbjörg Ólafsdóttir – Matís, Iceland)
- 11:45-13-00 Launch
- 13:00-13:30 Sampling of seafood in European restaurants within the FoodIntegrity project (Miguel Angel Pardo – AZTI, Spain)
- 13:30-13:50 Report on Authenticate workshop in Iceland (Jónas Vidarsson – Matís, Iceland)
- 13:50-14:10 Report on Authenticate workshop in Norway (Geir Dahle – IMR, Norway)
- 14:10-14:30 Report on Authenticate workshop in Denmark (Jakob Hemmer Hansen – DTU, Denmark)
- 14:30-15:00 Coffee brake
- 15:00-15:30 The EU research project Authent-Net and the FARNHub (Patrick Berg Sørdahl– Nofima, Norway)
- 15:30-16:30 Discussions – Where do we go from here?
Place: Faroe Islands, Havstovan, Faroe Marine Research Institute, Nóatún 1, Tórshavn.
Time: November 14th, kl. 9:00 – 16:30.
The workshop is open to the public but please let us know if you are coming by sending an e-mail to Guðbjörg Ólafsdóttir at Matís, firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop will be broadcast on Matís’ Facebook page, www.facebook.com/matisiceland/