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Food Safety Assessment: Overview of Metrological Issues and Regulatory Aspects in the European Union

TitleFood Safety Assessment: Overview of Metrological Issues and Regulatory Aspects in the European Union
Publication TypeArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsSorbo, A., Pucci E., Nobili Chiara, Taglieri I., Passeri D., and Zoani Claudia

The safety of the food we consume has a direct impact on individual and population health and affects the economic growth of the region where food safety is practised and enhanced. The central goal of the European Commission’s Food Safety policy is to ensure a high level of protection of human health covering the whole supply chain. In recent years, great attention has been paid to food testing and the application of metrological tools to support food safety. The global food market and national and international food safety regulations have created a huge demand for the measurement traceability and comparability of analytical results that are independent of time or space boundaries. This review provides an overview of the European food safety policy and regulation, with a focus on the measurement-related elements of the European Union (EU) food law. It also highlights how the application of analytical techniques, with particular reference to separation approaches, and metrological tools can ensure the control of certain contaminants that nowadays represent the main challenges for food safety (e.g., mycotoxins, nanoparticles, emerging and process contaminants). METROFOOD-RI-Infrastructure for promoting metrology in food and nutrition is therefore described in this context. This European research infrastructure has been developed and is being implemented in the frame of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) to support metrology in food and nutrition and establish a strategy allowing reliable and comparable analytical measurements in food across the entire process line, from primary producers to consumers, and making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR). © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


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Citation KeySorbo2022