Two new research projects have been launched
Two projects (HOLiFOOD and HE-FARM) were launched in October and November 2022 under the Horizon Europe Programme.

The overall objective of HOLiFOOD (Holistic approach for tackling food systems risks in a changing global environment /HORIZON-CL6-2021-FARM2FORK-01-15/) is to improve the integrated food safety risk analysis (RA) framework in Europe to

  • meet future challenges arising from Green Deal policy driven transitions in particular in relation to climate driven changes,
  • contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and
  • support the realization of a truly secure and sustainable food production.

HOLiFOOD will apply a system approach, which take the whole environment into account in which food is being produced, including economic, environmental and social aspects. Three supply chains will be considered (i.e. cereals [maize], legumes [lentils] and poultry [chicken]). Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data technologies will be used in the development of early warning and emerging risks prediction systems for known and unknown food safety hazards.

In addition, tools, methods and approaches will be developed for hazard detection and will be targeted and non-targeted and new holistic risk assessment methods will be develop in which food safety risk will be embedded in a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the food system including positive and negative health, environment and economic dimensions.

The project is a consortium of 17 organisations, led by Wageningen Food Safety Research (The Netherlands). The University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest is the only Hungarian partner in the project, which has a duration of 48 months.

The University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest – under the coordination of the Digital Food Institute – will be primarily involved in the development of data-driven forecasting systems and methods for identifying emerging risks, as well as risk-benefit and cost-benefit analyses.

The kick-off meeting of the project took place on 3-4 November 2022 in Wageningen.

The HE-FARM (Healthy Environment-Friendly and Resilient Farm to Fork -HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-01-03) project aims to develop and validate a methodology that not only assesses biosecurity but it is also able to make predictions on different livestock farms.

The project will identify the most important transmission channels in different animal farms. These new information on microbes could help us to manage risks in the food chain. With this information, the project aims to improve the effectiveness of biosecurity measures and technologies and to save investment and operational costs. To fulfill these aims, the project plans to implement: predictive software, rapid pathogen monitoring system, use of low toxicity biocides, portable low-cost instrument for microbiological detection, cold plasma water disinfection.

The three-year project is a consortium of 14 partners, led by Universidad de Alcala, Spain. The UVMB is involved with DFI and Department of Animal Hygiene, Heard Health and Mobile Clinic.

The kick-off meeting of the project took place on 2 November 2022, with the virtual participation of the university staff.


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