Our long-time member Douwe Bakker was awarded the Emeritus Member Award of the International Association for Paratuberculosis at its 14th International Colloquium earlier this month in Mexico. Congratulations, Douwe! We are honored to have you in our group and look forward to you briefing us again on this important topic, together with your fellow experts Irene Grant and Mike Collins, at the next TAFS meeting.
TAFS just released a new video with statements from Hans Jöhr, Mike Collins and Valentina Nolli about TAFS and the benefits of being a member. Please share widely.
The TAFS forum will hold its 27th meeting as an open meeting at the EXPO 2015 in Milano on September 2-3.
The topic is 'Risks and opportunities for a sustainable dairy chain'.
To learn more about the event and register please see http://tafsforum.org/open-meeting-2015
A look ahead: the next ten years for the dairy value chain
What lies ahead for the dairy value chain? At its upcoming Open Meeting, the TAFS Forum on Trust in Animals & Food Safety will gather its membership joined by selected external invitees in order to explore risks and opportunities for a sustainable dairy chain 2015-2025. Experts from within and outside TAFS will systematically analyse and structure driving forces and uncertainties affecting physical (e.g., farm land, veterinary drugs, clean water) and non-physical (e.g., farm economics, consumer trust) components of the dairy system. The future scenarios resulting from this exercise will enable participants at the meeting to identify and assess both: risks that may threaten the functioning of the dairy chain and opportunities for mitigation and innovation. The group of participants coming from diverse parts of the value chain will work together under safe-house rules in a carefully designed and facilitated participatory process. This Open Meeting provides a unique opportunity to discover business-relevant insights within the dairy value chain.
To learn more: download the hand-out on the Open Meeting
The Encyclopedia of Food Safety has been published by Elsevier. See the flyer for further information.
The Encyclopedia contains a brief description of the TAFS forum in Volume 4 under Food Safety Management/Institutions involved in Food Safety.
The TAFS forum has joined the Global Agenda of Action in Support of Sustainable Livestock Sector Development.
Having attended the latest TAFS meeting as guests, Prof. Franz Rubel and Assist.-Prof. Katharina Brugger have decided to become members of the TAFS forum. They are both working at the Biometeorology & Mathematical Epidemiology Group, Institute for Veterinary Public Health at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria and are specialists in the epidemiology and modelling of mosquito-borne diseases.
Zensho Holdings, a member of the TAFS forum, Ltd., has conceptualized and designed its ‘Safe Feed Cattle (SFC)’ program as an accreditation system for enhancing the safety of the beef products served to its customers.
The TAFS forum has carefully reviewed the SFC program of Zensho Holdings, Ltd., and concludes that it is a science-based program suitable to enhance the safety of beef products. The TAFS forum acknowledges Zensho Holdings’ contribution to the protection of its consumers and endorses its SFC Program.
A letter of endorsement was handed over to Zensho's President Ogawa in Tokyo on October 26th.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and the TAFS forum have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to start collaborating on animal health and food safety matters.
GFSI will profit from the TAFS forum’s expertise in risk assessment and risk communication on animal health issues that are of relevance to food safety, whereas the TAFS forum gets access to a channel for implementation of its analyses. The combination of the two creates an integrated system of animal health and food safety issue management.
Happy Birthday, TAFS forum!
The TAFS forum was founded on March 22, 2002 - 10 years ago. A reason to celebrate, maybe to be a little bit proud of what we have achieved, but most of all to say thank you. Thank you, founders of TAFS, for your vision and courage. Thank you, members, for your commitment, scientific advice, financial support, and friendship. And, last but not least, thank you all for your interest and encouragement.
the TAFS team.
The former domain name of TAFS, tseandfoodsafety.org, had been in parallel use with our current domain tafsforum.org for a while, but has now been put out of service. Please make sure that your bookmarks and address books are in sync.
In the course of changing email servers, there is a small chance that any emails you wrote between Friday (February 3) and Saturday night to tafsforum.org - what else would you do on a Friday night? - might be lost. Please check if any mails bounced back to you and resend if needed.
Apologies for the inconvenience.
In February 2012 the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos holds an international health conference in Davos, Switzerland. The first GRF One Health Summit 2012 will contribute to advancing the concept of “One Health”, striving for intensive collaboration among all stakeholders related to public health. Such an approach acknowledges the systemic interconnections of human, animal and environmental health in close relation with food safety and security and will ensure sustainable public health in an era of climate change, resource depletion, land degradation, hunger and socio-economic development challenges.
The call for contributions for the GRF One Health Summit 2012 is now open. You are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation relating to the topics of the conference. Representatives from the medical sciences, natural and social sciences, the health workforce as well as the pharma-, food- and insurance-industry are particularly addressed to register.
For further information please visit http://onehealth.grforum.org
The TAFS forum is involved in the planning and organization of the conference. We are currently working out what exactly our role will be.
They arrived as guests at our latest meeting and left as new members: TAFS warmly welcomes Caspar von der Crone from the European Egg, Poultry and Game Association (EPEGA) and Dr. Hugo Seemer from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH. We look forward to working with you towards healthier animals and safer food.
On October 14, the European Financial Times will come with an insert, a 'briefing' of 96 pages on food security. TAFS and its activities are presented on page 42-43. The briefing will also be available at www.feedingthefuture.eu.
TAFS will participate in the China International Food Safety & Quality Conference + Expo in Shanghai, November 10-11, 2010. See http://www.chinafoodsafety.com/conference_e.htm for further details. On November 11, we will present our platform in a breakout session (session L, starting at 1:30 pm) under the title "The TAFS Forum - A Platform for Collaboration Across Borders and Sectors". Come and meet us there.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), managed by The Consumer Goods Forum, announced the appointment of Jürgen Matern, Vice President, Strategic Quality Management at Metro AG and member of TAFS. TAFS congratulates Jürgen Matern to this honourable achievement and looks forward to a fruitful collaboration with GFSI.
Knowledge dissemination about transmissible animal diseases and food safety is a key mandate of TAFS. So far, we have done this through public conferences and position papers on our website. Now, TAFS has taken a novel approach and makes the knowledge captured in previous documents available through 'Grasp-It®', a tool that sorts statements into three categories (facts, opinions, assumptions) and makes the semantic relationships betweem them transparent (e.g., opinion x is based on fact y and assumption z).
Go to www.grasp-it.ch to learn more about the approach or start the tool here.
s per January 1st, 2010, TAFS welcomes Professor Dr. Klaus G. Grunert of the Aarhus School of Business, Denmark, as its latest member.
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