EAI IIES Summit and Exhibition
Riva del Garda, Trento Italy 4-6 October, 2012
Food Safety & Autenticity 2012
Brussels, Belgium 18-20 September, 2012
Rome, Italy, 23-27 July 2012
IEEE Symposium and URSI Meeting
Chicago, IL, USA 8-14 July, 2012
QUID Innovation Italy
Milan, Italy 27-28 June, 2012
INSME - INNOBIZ - WTA Hi-tech fair
Daejeon, South Korea 21-25 May 2012
CIBUS 2012
Parma, Italy 7-10 May 2012
SMAU business 2012
Padova, Italy 18-19 April 2012
IEEE International Conference on RFID
Orlando, FL, USA 3-5 April 2012
Anuga FoodTec - F2F at Speakers' Corner
Cologne, Germany 28 March 2012


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Food safety has been a growing concern among EU citizens over the last decades. Outbreaks of disease in animals that could be transmitted to humans, or the presence of chemicals above acceptable limits in feed and food, can threaten both the quality and safety of products.
Traceability is a risk-management tool which allows food business operators or authorities to withdraw or recall products which have been identified as unsafe. It is a cornerstone of the EU’s food safety policy.

Here are some key organisations at the European level that aim at tracing food through the production and distribution chain to identify and address risks and protect public health.

The Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection, often abbreviated as "DG-SANCO" for the French words Santé (Health) & Consommateurs (Consumers), is a Directorate-General of the European Commission. This DG is responsible for the implementation of EU laws on the safety of food and other products, on consumers' rights and on the protection of people's health. In 2006, DG Sanco launched the public Health-EU portal to provide European citizens with easy access to comprehensive information on Public Health initiatives and programmes at EU level.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is an agency that provides independent scientific advice and communication on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain, created by European Regulation 178/2002.
The Authority’s work covers all matters with a direct or indirect impact on food and feed safety, including animal health and welfare, plant protection and plant health and nutrition.
EFSA supports the European Commission, European Parliament and EU member states in taking effective and timely risk management decisions that ensure the protection of the health of the European consumers and the safety of the food and feed chain.

EuroFIR AISBL is a member-based international non-profit association of food composition data compilers, expert users and stakeholders, based in Belgium. The primary mission is the development, publication and exploitation of food composition data and accompanying information in order to support and underpin research into food quality, food safety, and diet and health in Europe. EuroFIR AISBL provides a key interface between the national food database compiler organisations and their national funders and stakeholders, including a network of laboratories producing the data, with users of food composition data from industry, academia and regulatory affairs.

The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation. EUFIC aims to enhance the public's understanding of food safety & quality and health & nutrition issues and to raise consumers' awareness of the active role they play in safe food handling and choosing a well-balanced and healthy diet. EUFIC is supported by companies of the European food and drinks industries, and the European Commission. EUFIC does not represent any product or company, nor does it lobby for legislative or regulatory action.

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic agriculture movement, uniting more than 750 member organizations in 108 countries. It declares its mission to be as follows:
"IFOAM's mission is leading, uniting and assisting the organic movement in its full diversity. Our goal is the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems that are based on the principles of Organic Agriculture."
Among its wide range of activities, IFOAM maintains an organic farming standard, and an organic accreditation service.

The European Federation of Food Science & Technology (EFFoST) is a non-profit association of the International Union of Food Science & Technology (IUFoST), which in turn is a full member of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the scientific organisation of the United Nations (UN). EFFoST aims to develop closer contact between food producers and distributors, universities and research institutes, enhance rapid technology transfer, promote continuing professional development and educational excellence, harmonise food legislation and enforcement programmes, maintain a collaborative network of  organisations aimed at cooperation, develop publications and organise events of industrial relevance.