Policy Themes

Food safety and security

Securing the food chains against major deliberate, accidental or natural CBRN contamination is another key concern and important security priority of the EU member states. The Decision 1082/2013/EU requests measures to prevent food supply related threats regarding communicable disease and health issue. Projects look at border threats, focusing on the food chain security. An example project deals with the development of a network of distributed detection devices, capable of rapid, on-site detection of multiple agent kinds, CBR agents with high sensitivity & specificity throughout most vulnerable stages of food supply chain (farms, collection centres, wholesalers…).

EU food safety and security is maintained, amongst others, by the EU Adaptation Strategy to Climate Change, which highlights the consequences of climate change and the need for adaptation measures. The overall aim is to contribute to a more climate resilient Europe by enhancing the preparedness and capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change at local, regional, national and EU levels, developing a coherent approach and improving coordination. In addition, the Drinking Water Directive (DWD) regulates the quality of water intended for human consumption. The Directive is currently under evaluation as a follow-up of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) Right2Water. The policy concerns the quality of drinking water from around 100,000 water supplies, and aims to protect human health by ensuring that drinking water at the consumer tap is wholesome and clean.

Details of projects in this theme can be found on the Explore DRM Projects tool.