Hong Kong and European Universities Working Together to Advance Global Food Safety

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Lund University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University clinch collaborative agreements with Technical University of Denmark and University of Bologna on mission to advance global food safety.

Representatives of the four universities under this Europe-Hong Kong collaboration

Lund University (LU), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the University of Bologna (Unibo) jointly announce the addition of DTU and Unibo as new partners in the establishment of a Joint Centre of Excellence in Food Safety (Joint Centre). The four parties will achieve greater synergy in advancing global food safety with this exciting alliance.

The Joint Centre was conceived by LU and PolyU in February 2016.

In September 2016 representatives of the four universities met to kick-start this exciting platform, which will gather the expertise and resources of the four universities in fostering industry-academic-government collaborations towards safer food. Antimicrobial resistance, food authenticity, and safe food packaging are among the imminent food safety challenges. The collaborating universities will tackle through world-class innovative science and technology that can be translated into applications aimed at enhancing food safety. Exchanges between academics and students as well as expansion of partnerships with other stakeholders are also on the radar.

The Joint Centre partners have also agreed to follow up on the success of the first Global Food Safety and Technology Conference, which was held in February 2016. The second conference will be named GoFood, which will be organized by LU and DTU, and co-organized by PolyU and Unibo in late May, 2017. The conference aims to enhance food safety enabled by new scientific advancements and technologies.

All collaborating parties share the same vision and commitment in addressing the most imminent global food safety challenges. Setting up the Joint Centre is a key milestone in the Europe-Hong Kong collaboration in food safety. With effective technology development and the provision of various communication and educational channels, the universities will see this international collaboration come to fruition.

Press Contact: Professor Terence Lok-ting Lau
Director of Innovation and Technology Development, PolyU
Telephone: (852) 3400 2805
Email: terence.lt.lau(at)polyu(dot)edu.hk

Mr. Bengt Streijffert
Senior Adviser, LU
(46) 46 222 68 86
bengt.streijffert(at)food.lu(dot)se

Dr. Christine Nellemann
Director of National Food Institute, DTU
(45) 3588 7703
cne(at)food.dtu(dot)dk

Ms. Mara Longhini
Internationalisation, Research and Innovation, Strategic Partnerships, Unibo
(39) 051 2088467
mara.longhini(at)unibo(dot)it

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