About the safefood Knowledge Network
Since it was established in 1999, safefood has promoted the awareness and knowledge of food safety all across the island. To facilitate this, the Knowledge Network programme was launched in 2011. Its aim was to encourage collaboration and facilitate greater knowledge sharing by those involved in all parts of the food supply chain.
The network keeps members up-to-date on food safety issues and trends, and also encourages shared learnings and discussion of emerging food safety risks and potential solutions. Members can avail of events, briefings, workshops, newsletters and the website and have access to new resources, videos and webinars.
In 2016 safefood assembled a group of experts from industry, research and public health. It helped to guide the Knowledge Network activities and advised on topics such as training and supports, new services for members and insights around food safety risks.
In 2019 the Knowledge Network stepped into a new era, building on the achievements of the 2016-2019 programme. The new programme will cover a wide variety of food safety areas as well as broader topics which may impact on food safety, such as trade and economic issues, climate change and sustainability.
The key objectives for the 2019-2022 Knowledge Network programme are:
- To raise awareness and provide opportunities for the sharing and learning of best practice food safety knowledge on the island of Ireland
- To further develop multi-disciplinary and cross-jurisdictional working relationships between food safety professionals operating across food production, academia and other public bodies-based sectors
- To provide an accessible source of expertise for safefood with a view to exploring existing concerns, identifying emerging issues in food safety and enhancing its in-house evidence base
- To promote cooperation, collaboration and synergies between professionals in the food safety arena throughout the island of Ireland
The Expert Group is an important part of achieving these aims. It provides a broad range of professional services to help further develop the Knowledge Network and its activities. safefood has gathered together a diverse panel of experts in areas including food microbiology, food trade, environmental health and food hypersensitivity, to share their knowledge and passion for food safety. With an ambitious Knowledge Network plan laid out from now until 2022, the aim is to help protect public and make the whole food industry better – and safer - for all.