prof. dr. ir. Uyttendaele Mieke
The Veg-i-Trade project assesses the impact of climate change and globalization on quality assurance and the competitiveness of the fresh produce food industry in the global marketplace
The Veg-i-Trade project assesses the impact of anticipated climate change and globalization on safety issues concerning fresh produce and derived food products. Veg-i-Trade focuses on leafy green vegetables, berries, tomatoes and derived products, apples and pears. It is a multidisciplinary project that studies the organization and economic structure of the fresh produce global market and the development of control measures for microbiological (Salmonella, pathogenic E. coli, Norovirus) and chemical hazards (mycotoxins, pesticide residues). Veg-i-Trade research integrates several tools including laboratory analysis, field studies on pre- and post-harvest practices, water treatment technologies, "best practices" and management systems, modelling and simulation, risk assessment and risk communication.
Veg-i-Trade supports the setting of appropriate criteria and quality assurance schemes to guarantee to European customers the safety and quality of fresh produce. It enhances the competitiveness of the fresh produce food industry in the global marketplace.