Last updated on 28 August 2012
The Food Standards Agency is inviting applications for three new research projects that will determine the feasibility of developing a food safety 'willingness to pay' figure, measure environmental contaminants in fish and shellfish, and measure microbiological contamination in minced meat.
Contaminants in fish and shellfish
This projects involves measuring a wide range of environmental contaminants in fish and shellfish from UK waters, including contaminants covered in legislation, as well as those that have been identified as new and emerging risks.
This work will provide baseline data for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, which requires the UK to ensure that contaminants in fish and other seafood taken from UK marine and coastal waters for human consumption do not exceed levels established by legislation or other relevant standards.
Applications should be submitted by 5pm on 20 September 2012.
Valuing food safety
This projects aims to determine the feasibility and reliability of developing a consumer 'willingness to pay' figure specifically for reductions in food safety health risks. These figures are designed to provide policy makers with an idea of what society considers reasonable to pay to make something 'safe'.
When estimating health costs associated with foodborne illness, the FSA currently uses the Department for Transport 'fatality prevention' figure. A figure unique to food safety has the potential to help improve our impact assessments, improve estimates of the cost of foodborne disease, and provide evidence to help to support risk analysis and risk assessment work.
If the scoping project indicates a willingness to pay figure is worthwhile for food safety, the project should go on to determine valuations of health outcomes relating to foodborne illness, allergies and chemical and radiological contamination.
Applications should be submitted by 5pm on 27 September 2012.
Microbiological contamination in minced meat
This projects aims to develop a monitoring programme of microbiological contamination in minced meat or meat preparations. Samples will be taken every three months over a 12-month period from the 82 UK approved meat establishments. They will be tested for salmonella, aerobic colony count, generic E.coli and also shiga toxin-producing E.coli and campylobacter in certain samples.
Applications should be submitted by 5pm on 2 October 2012.
How to apply
Applications should be submitted using our electronic procurement system.
To find out more about these calls for tenders, you will need to register as a supplier on the FSA’s electronic tendering system, ePPS, via the link below.