Food safety pilot

What is the project about? 

Develop a standardized method for taking representative samples of Dutch cultivated seaweed for research. This project is carried out for the ministry of Agriculture in close collaboration with Wageningen Food Safety Research. 

food safety research

Why is this important? 

Anyone can take a piece of seaweed and research its components. But if the way of tearing, cutting or grabbing the seaweed varies, the research results may differ and not be comparable. In further professionalizing the seaweed sector, standardizing sample methods are needed to build reliable research outcomes. Standardized sampling methods are common practice in the research world to reduce possible biases or confounds in the sampling process, thereby increasing reliability of the research results. By creating a sampling protocol, it is easier to compare seaweed quality throughout the Netherlands and work towards high-quality and safe seaweeds.  

What were the objectives? 

  • Create a standardized methods for sampling Dutch seaweed 
  • Develop a sampling protocol for offshore, nearshore and onshore Dutch seaweed 
  • Monitor and analyse nutrients, components and pollutions of two harvesting seasons in order to create a benchmark for food safety and quality of Dutch seaweeds 

What did we do in this project? 

In this project North Sea Farmers addresses the question: where and how do we acquire food samples safely ? Also, as a sector organisation, we engage farmers and connect them to research institutes to jointly develop the knowledge needed for this project. 

What are the results? 

Sampling protocol

Who else was involved? 

Ministry of Agriculture, Wageningen Food Safety research 

Finance: €12.500 (phase 1) + €17.500 (phase 2)
Partners: 3 from the Netherlands  
Time: 01/ 2018 - 12/2021 
Contact: eef brouwers 

Photo: by North Sea Farmers