Food safety: METROFOOD project among the EU strategic research infrastructures


For the first time, an Italian-led research infrastructure has been selected among the excellence in the "Health & Food" sector of the European Strategic Forum for the Research Infrastructures roadmap (ESFRI - European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures). It’s METROFOOD-RI, an ENEA-coordinated project involving over 2200 researchers from 48 of the major institutions in 18 European countries dealing with food safety, quality and traceability and the fight against sophistication and counterfeiting.

This is what emerged during the worskhop "A common good to meet EU research goals and improve food production and consumption", organized by ENEA in collaboration with the  Italian partners CNR, CREA, FEM, ICQRF, IEO, INRIM, ISS and the Universities of Brescia, Naples Federico II, Parma and Udine, in which participated Stefano Vaccari - Head of the Central Inspectorate of Fraud Repression (ICQRF) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies - Hans Arne Frøystein - President of EURAMET - Franz Ulberth - Chief of the "Fraud Detection & Prevention" Unit (EU - JRC Directorate F) - and representatives of the ESFRI of the 18 countries [1] involved in METROFOOD-RI, of joint research programs (JPI-HDHL, JPI-FACCE, PRIMA) and of the productive sector such as EIT-food, FoodDrink Europe, SAFE Consortium, Milchprufring Bayern eV and CL.A.N.

"It’s an impressive result, confirming the excellence of our research in a strategic sector that needs definite answers in terms of safety, quality, traceability and authenticity of food and reliable measures in a context of harmonization of procedures between different countries ", Federico Testa, President of ENEA, pointed out in opening the works. "Research infrastructures play a key role in scientific progress and are of strategic importance in the context of the European Research Area," Testa said.

"Our goal - Viorel Vulturescu of the ESFRI, said- is to build and connect the next generation of national and international research infrastructures, as well as develop a global data dimension for greater scientific competitiveness in the fields of energy, the environment, health and nutrition , physics and engineering, social and cultural innovation and data computing”.

"The objective of METROFOOD-RI is to provide services at the territorial level, acting through reliability of measures and harmonization of procedures, adopting a FAIR approach - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable - in data management, with the objective of aligning research and innovation with the values, needs and expectations of the company, in line with the principles of Responsible Research and Innovation", Giovanna Zappa, ENEA researcher and METROFOOD-RI coordinator, pointed out.

At the end of the event a poster session was organized regarding METROFOOD - RI research infrastructures  and the "nodes" in the various member countries.


For more information please contact:

Giovanna Zappa, ENEA –Sustainability of Productive and Territorial Systems Department– coordinator METROFOOD-RI,

Claudia Zoani, ENEA – Sustainability of Productive and Territorial Systems – Vice coordinatore METROFOOD-RI,


[1] Belgium, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Moldova, Norway, Holland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Hungary