TITAN at the 37th EFFoST International Conference 2023

Just as we did in 2022, the TITAN consortium presented itself on November 8th, 2023, at the annual EFFoST Conference in Valencia, Spain. EFFoST2023 was a highly successful conference with close to 900 delegates, 180 oral presentations and more than 580 poster presentations. Edward Sliwinski of EFFoST chaired the TITAN special session which contained contributions from consortium partners: INL/The University of Santiago de Compostella, Wageningen University, Consentio, AZTI, and Cardiff University. 

In the introduction, Edward Sliwinski explained the importance of the terms transparency, traceability and sustainability for the approach of the TITAN project, which is to enable transparency in food supply chains via implementation of digital technologies to boost health, sustainability and safety of products, processes and diets. He also explained the set-up of the stakeholder board and how interested experts can participate. 

In her presentation entitled “Food safety and transparency through cutting edge DNA-based analysis methods,” Marta Prado Rodriquez, described the development of a Lab-On-A-Chip that will allow to perform analyses on location in the areas of food fraud and allergen management. She also gave an update of the two pilots this approach will be further developed and tested. 

In his presentation, “Transparency and redefining stakeholder roles in the digital age of agrifood supply chain networks,” Douglas Robinson presented the first results of focus group meetings that were held with expert representatives in specific food supply chains. He illustrated that the structure of agri-food netchains is changing with the increasing prominence of digital services. 

Vincent Rosso of Spanish Foodtech SME Consentio, presented on the topic of using technology to track distribution route and measure the water and carbon impact within the food supply chain. He explained that traceability systems enable precise monitoring and documentation of the journey of food products from farm to table. Traceability systems highlight the environmental implications of traceability by promoting sustainability through reduced food waste and improved resource management. 

In her presentation, “Knowledge, attitude, needs and barriers for the transition of European families towards healthy and sustainable diets. A cross cultural study in Spain, Finland, and Poland,” Ana Baranda introduced the work that will be undertaken in TITAN to develop a tool to help families make better dietary choices in terms of health and sustainability. She presented the results of a cross-cultural study was carried out in 3 countries that differ in culture and socioeconomic characteristics (Spain, Poland, Finland) to determine the real needs and barriers that influence dietary behaviour. 

The session was closed by Ananya Mukherjee who presented on the topic of “Envisioning transparency for more sustainable food systems: towards a basis for future policy”. She presented the results of a desk-based review of EU policy documents. From an initial search of around 200 documents relating to health, sustainability and safety in the food system, 56 made explicit reference to transparency, while 62 referred to traceability. Ananya also explained there is an urgent need to align on definitions. 

We were able to present the first results of the TITAN project at such an interested audience at the EFFoST2023 conference. Looking forward to present TITAN again at the EFFoST conference in 2024 which will be held in Bruges, Belgium from 12-14 November 2024.

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