European Commission                                             Quality of Life and Management

 of Living Resources

       Key Action 1: Food Nutrition and Health


Textruta: FoodBRAND





Venue:                     Maison des Associations Internationales, rue Washington 40, 1050 Brussels


Date and time:         2pm Tuesday 25 September –

4pm Wednesday 26 September 2001


Tuesday 25 September

12.30 p.m. onwards              Registration

12.45 – 1.45                          Light buffet lunch


Opening session                   European Research, food safety and consumer

2.00 – 3.15                            health protection

Chair:                                      Diane McCrea

The Food Consultancy, London, UK

                                                                Opening comments and welcome to the Workshop


2.05 – 2.25                            Food safety and consumer aspects of the European Research programme

Mr Liam Breslin, Head of Unit, KA1 – Food, Nutrition and Health, DG Research, European Commission


2.25 – 2.50                         Introduction to FoodBRAND – background and aims for improved food safety and consumer health protection

Dr Glenn Kennedy, FoodBRAND Co-ordinator, The Queens University of Belfast, NI


2.50 – 3.15                            Consumer research projects: achievements from past European projects, prospects for the future

Wim Debeuckelaere, Verbruikers Unie, Test-Aschats, Belgium and

Diane McCrea, The Food Consultancy, UK


Session 1      

3.45 – 5.30                            Food producing animals and veterinary drugs: regulatory controls and consumer health protection, residue monitoring and surveillance

Chair:                                     Beate Kettlitz, Food Policy Adviser, BEUC


3.45 – 4.15                            Food producing animals, drugs and drug residues– legal and illegal uses.

                                               Eric Crutchen, VMD UK


4.15 – 4.45                            Inspection, monitoring and surveillance in the EU and beyond: The role of national testing laboratories and the role of the FVO in food control and surveillance with specific reference to meat controls.

Dr Bernd Juelicher, FVO Dublin


4.45 – 5.00                            The experiences of uncontrolled use of veterinary drugs and the intoxication of people with clenbuterol in Spain – a consumer organisation perspective.

Ms Gemma Trigueros, EDOCUSA Consumer organisation, Madrid, Spain


5.00-5.15                               International dimensions and food standards –  Codex developments. 

Diane McCrea


5.15 – 5.30                          Questions and comments


7.30                                                                               Dinner            

Wednesday 26 September


Session 2

9.30 – 12.30                         FoodBRAND and EU research projects: development of tests to detect and processes to eliminate toxic agents throughout the food chain

Chair:                                     Dr Glenn Kennedy, FoodBRAND Co-ordinator


9.30 – 9.50                            Screening tests: their role and development in FoodBRAND.

                                               Dr Kevin Cooper, Research Associate, FoodBRAND 


9.50 – 10.10                         Confirmatory tests: their role and development in FoodBRAND.

                                               Dr Hans van Rhijn, RIKILT, Wageningen, The Netherlands


10.10 – 10.30                       Determination of the origin of hormones in cattle: the Isoster project.

Dr Bruno Le Bizec, LABERCA, Ecole Nationale Veterinaire, Nantes France  


10.30 – 11.00                      Coffee


11.00 – 11.20                       High throughput analysis for hormone and antibiotic residues in meat: The FoodSense project

Mr Steven Crooks, The Queen’s University, Belfast NI.


11.20 – 11.40                       Testing for banned antibiotics and growth promoters in feeds: the CANFAS and SIMBAG-FEED projects.

                                                Dr Jacob de Jong, RIKILT, Wageningen, The Netherlands


11.40 – 12.00                               Food Safety screening: synthetic glucocorticoids development of tests to detect illicit use to increase animal weight

Dr Olivia Vandenhauwe, Ghent University, Belgium*



12.00 – 12.15                      Questions and discussion


12.15 – 2.00                        Lunch



Session 3

2.00 – 4.00                            Consumer concerns, sharing experiences of testing   and policy work to improve food safety and consumer health protection.

Chair:                                    Diane McCrea

                                          The Food Consultancy, London, UK


2.00 – 2.20                          The FoodBRAND survey

Food survey - using FoodBRAND test methods to detect illegal use of nitrofurans in meat in Europe.

Wim Debeuckelaere, Verbruikers Unie, Test-Aschats, Belgium


2.20 – 3.10                            Discussion groups – what are the issues and concerns for consumers in Europe and beyond? What strategies and policies should be developed to improve food safety with regard to veterinary drugs and residues?


3.10 – 3.55                            Report back from discussions

Future strategies for research and policy

                                               Dissemination of FoodBRAND project to consumers


                                              Concluding remarks  

4.00                                      Close of workshop



PLEASE NOTE:                 Some changes to this programme may be necessary





Diane McCrea

FoodBRAND Consumer Workshop Co-ordinator