MoniQA (Monitoring and Quality Assurance): An EU-funded Network of Excellence working towards the harmonization of worldwide food quality and safety monitoring and control strategies - status report 2008

Roland Poms (Corresponding Author), Miles Thomas, Paul Finglas, Sian Astley, Daniel Spichtinger, Martin Rose, Bert Popping, Anton Alldrick, Hans van Egmond, Michele Solfrizzo, E. N. Clare Mills, Wolfgang Kneifel, Sue Paulin, Vasso Oreopoulou, Kim Anh To, Marina Carcea, Halina Tureskja, Maria Saarela, John-Erik Haugen, Marcella Gross

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Abstract

MoniQA (Monitoring and Quality Assurance in the total food supply chain) is an EU‐funded Network of Excellence that involves experts from around the globe collaborating to harmonize worldwide food quality and safety monitoring and control strategies. The initial network of over 155 scientists from 20 countries has grown to over 400 experts from over 35 countries from five continents in the first 18 months. MoniQA focuses on validation of and performance criteria/requirements for methods used to analyse foods and food products for safety and quality, with the main focus being on rapid methods and their applicability and reliability in routine testing. The work involves validation guidelines, validation studies, design and development of reference materials/testing materials and validation guidelines. MoniQA will play an important role in integrating European and worldwide food quality and safety research by creating a virtual laboratory for joint research, training, dissemination and mobility programmes. It will allow and actively promote sharing of data and knowledge, as well as of equipment, materials and personnel through creation of a global platform for food Q&S researchers. MoniQA will enable shared access to the world's best research facilities, technological platforms, databases, analytical tools and knowledge. MoniQA's harmonized food quality and safety control strategies will add value in the food chain and will improve consumer confidence worldwide. MoniQA's socio‐economic impact assessment will enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of new food quality and safety regulations within the EU and worldwide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9 - 22
Number of pages14
JournalQuality Assurance and Safety of Crops and Foods
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • EU-funded
  • food quality
  • food safety
  • MoniQA

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    Poms, R., Thomas, M., Finglas, P., Astley, S., Spichtinger, D., Rose, M., Popping, B., Alldrick, A., van Egmond, H., Solfrizzo, M., Mills, E. N. C., Kneifel, W., Paulin, S., Oreopoulou, V., Anh To, K., Carcea, M., Tureskja, H., Saarela, M., Haugen, J-E., & Gross, M. (2009). MoniQA (Monitoring and Quality Assurance): An EU-funded Network of Excellence working towards the harmonization of worldwide food quality and safety monitoring and control strategies - status report 2008. Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops and Foods, 1(1), 9 - 22. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1757-837X.2009.00004.x