Mayor Wolfang Annen congratulated EQA's deputy chairwoman Dr. Susanne Lehnert wishing her all the best for a successful business activity. The mayor expressed his joy that the start-up which provides internationally acknowledged educational offers in quality, crisis and risk management has chosen his municipality as location for one of its offices. Dr Lehnert presented the mayor with the first publication by EQA-Edition which she has co-authored – the book "Qualitätsmanagement – maßgeschneidert für die Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft [Quality Management – Tailored for Agribusiness and Food Industry]".
The new EQA office was deliberately set up in one of Europe’s most significant regions for livestock production and food processing. Ostbevern is located in the district Warendorf, which is one of Germany’s districts with the highest livestock density and which is located in the Dutch-German EUREGIO region. The region supplies more than 50 million consumers per day with foodstuff such as meat, milk and eggs. EQA’s services for the qualification of Food Chain Managers, Food Safety & Health Managers, and Crisis Managers are directed in particular at veterinarians, farmers, and their consultants and service providers
Project "Blended Learning" Launched
Along with a Kick-Off Workshop, the Education and Qualification Alliance (SCE) has officially opened an office in Ostbevern (Wischhausstraße 73, 48346 Ostbevern). In its new office premises, the EQA has launched the project "Blended Learning" on 16 October, 2017. This project offers a wide range of services for farmers and veterinarians. The first project is a cross-border collaboration between partners from North Rhine-Westphalia and the Netherlands in the scope of "Food2020", a German-Dutch project promoted by the subsidy program INTERREG. By spring 2018, this project will provide a tailored learning concept for farmers and veterinarians. Via webinars, expert hotlines and specific demo sessions, target groups will learn all relevant facts regarding the topic "Stable Disinfection and Reduction of Environmentally Relevant Residues".
Photo: Tim Mäckelburg, GIQS e.V. and Dr. Susanne Lehnert
From left to right: Wolfgang Annen (Mayor of Ostbevern), Dr. Susanne Lehnert (EQA), Prof. Dr. Brigitte Petersen (EQA), Bettina Hundt (Chainpoint B.V.), Henning Lehnert (topagrar)
Food Control and Industry Standards Move Closer Together
Both during events at the ANUGA 2017 and in the scope of the 1. Joint Summer School, it has been demanded that control in enterprises in the agri-food sector be further coordinated. During the IV. Food Safety Congress in Warsaw, a representative of the IFS has presented the next steps towards version 7.0 of the global standards. The improvement of the cooperation between food control authorities and private standard setters is intensely debated not only in Germany but also in Poland. Such an improvement particularly involves recognition of audit performance to investigate the fulfillment of standard requirements and implementation of a more consequent control-of-control principle, which is already covered by EU legislation. Another aspect is crisis communication. Recent incidents have initiated putting existing concepts in public-private-partnership exercises for crisis management into practice.
Photo: Speakers at the IV Food Safety Congress in Warsaw. From left to right: Prof. Dr. Arkadiusz Orłowski (Dean of the Faculty of Applied Informatics and Mathematics, Warsaw University of Life Sciences), Prof. Dr. Kazimierz Banasik (Prorector, Warsaw University of Life Sciences), Marek Marzec (President of EWA-BIS), Prof. Dr. Sebastian Jarzębowski (Lecturer at the Faculty of Applied Informatics and Mathematics, Warsaw University of Life Sciences), Monika Tyska (Director of the Export Support Office of the Agricultural Market Agency), Tadeusz Wojciechowski (Chairman of the Biuro Promocji Jakości [Bureau for Quality Promotion])
Opening of the International University Network TUN EQA
Nowadays, education and qualification in quality, risk, crisis, and audit management for agribusiness and food industry require innovative solutions, which can only be achieved through cooperation between knowledge providers in Europe and all over the world. In order to broaden and deepen existing relations between national and international universities and the EQAsce, the International Thematic University Network TUN EQA has been established during the ANUGA Trade Fair in Cologne on 8 October, 2017 >>FoodNetCenter. The aim of this university network initiative is mutual recognition of qualifications in agriculture and food and feed industry, as well as of programmes certified by the EQA by interdisciplinary, international expert committees.
EQA’s Guided Tour Through ANUGA 2017
A guided tour through the ANUGA 2017 on Sunday, 8 October 2017, gave participants of the first EQA Joint Summer School and other guests of the EQAsce the opportunity to get to know some interesting parts of the world’s largest and most important trade fair for food and beverages. The group caught up on the latest and most innovative products and on the world’s greatest supply diversity. The ANUGA is the only place where the key players of the international food sector come together for a total of ten trade shows on current trends. The tour was focussed on booths of members and partners of the EQA: CSB-System, IFS Management GmbH, GlobalG.A.P., and GS1 Germany.
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One Health and Food Safety Congress
18. - 19. September 2018 The Food Safety and Human Health Congress takes place at the University of Bonn.