The European Commission has announced that it would award €192m (US$232.2m) for food quality and safety research in the second year of the EU’s Sixth Framework Programme for Research.

These funds will go to 31 research projects and networks of excellence and 13 smaller support actions, which will tackle a range of consumer-driven issues with an impact on the farm-to-fork approach.

The short-listed projects will tackle issues such as traceability, contaminants in food, emerging pathogens, diseases affecting animals and crops, food allergy, obesity and various aspects of nutrition.

“Now, more than ever, research in agriculture and food safety is critical to ensure the quality of life and safety of all citizens in an enlarged Europe, while sustaining the competitiveness of Europe’s largest industrial sector. Furthermore, many of these major research initiatives will contribute to the development of EU policies based on sound science,” said European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin.

For details of the projects to be funded, click here.