New project to assess contaminants in seafood

The ECsafeSEAFOOD project partners at the kick-off meeting in Lisbon in February The ECsafeSEAFOOD project partners at the kick-off meeting in Lisbon in February

A new €5m project to address the challenge of assessing seafood safety issues relating to contamination has been launched.

ECsafeSEAFOOD, or Priority environmental contaminants in seafood: safety assessment, impact and public perception, will evaluate the impact that environmental contaminants can have on public health, leading to improved seafood risk management and increased public awareness.

Pollution of the oceans and climate change cause concerns not just about the status of the marine environment, but also about their impact on seafood safety and public health. As the link between levels of contaminants in the marine environment and levels in seafood is largely unknown, there is clearly a need for increased research on the transfer of contaminants from the marine environment to seafood.

ECsafeSEAFOOD will tackle and redress this knowledge gap.

Project coordinator Dr Antonio Marques said, “The ECsafeSEAFOOD project will explore whether there is a relationship between the contamination of the marine environment and the quality of the seafood we consume. The health benefits of eating seafood have been proved in many different ways and ECsafeSEAFOOD aims to develop tools to ensure these benefits will be the same in the future.”

ECsafeSEAFOOD brings together a multidisciplinary consortium of 18 institutions from nine EU countries and Norway and will run for four years.

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