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Metrology for food safety in the circular economy: targeted and screening methods for contaminants in food and recycled packaging

Industry (2023) 23IND13

Duration: 1. 6. 2024–31. 05. 2027

Coordinator at ZRS Koper: Erika Bešter, PhD

Project’s budget: 2.311.500,00 EUR

Participating Institute at ZRS Koper: The Institute for Oliveculture

Partners’ organizations:

The 23 partners and 5 associated partners supporting this project proposal are forming a transdisciplinary partnership across 14 different countries.

Project Summary:

To ensure a high level of food safety throughout production and distribution, it is crucial to improve and harmonise analytical techniques for contaminant quantification. This constitutes the basis for reliable data regarding food product compliance with regulations and for resolving disputes and minimising financial losses within the food industry. The project will develop reference methods and reference materials for quantifying contaminants in both food and food packaging, with a specific emphasis on recycled materials. These metrological tools will aid industries in guaranteeing the delivery of safe food and sustainable packaging while adhering to regulatory requirements.