Food researchers have been asked to participate in two new international studies coordinated by the Committee of Senior Officials for Scientific and Technical Research (COST), an EU-managed body that promotes cooperation amongst European scientists.

It releases new "actions" every year, designated for international cooperation and subsidisation by COST budgets. Its latest release of studies includes the development of pig genomics, to boost product quality, plus livestock health and reproduction.

Another involves the development of technologies for vegetable and grain cultivation that would reduce the risk of food health problems for consumers. The study would examine how to reduce these products' exposure to toxins and organic contaminants.