10. Cofresco Forum Round Table

Every fifth basket of food from the supermarket ends up in the rubbish bin!

A lack of knowledge about the right way to store food in the household is chiefly responsible for the fact that the actual quantity of waste far exceeds consumer estimates.

Thursday, 14 April 2016 University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover

What role can packaging play in the preservation of healthy and safe food? What techniques and materials can also be used by consumers in their everyday lives? Are there eco-friendly solutions that can reduce the amount of waste?


Answers and suggestions regarding these questions were provided at the 10th Cofresco Forum Round Table at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Germany, on 14 April 2016.


Experts were holding talks on the following topics: 

  • How does consumer behaviour influence food quality and safety?
  • What are the risks and benefits of silver and silver coatings for food films?
  • What are the developments in packaging for fresh produce?
  • How can cold plasma be used to combat noroviruses?
  • How can packaging help avoid food waste? – An overview.


The fight against unnecessary waste is closely linked to the subject of food safety. After all, our knowledge about preventing or combating threats helps keep food fit for consumption longer, thereby reducing the necessity to throw it away. In the practical sessions of the Round Table, insights and background knowledge on pathogens that can be transmitted via food were given. Experts from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover (Tierärztliche Hochschule) gave a tour of the Research Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonosis (RIZ), which was opened in 2014. They provided an insight into the study of zoonoses, i.e. infectious diseases which can be transmitted to humans from animals, and vice versa. A special feature of the centre is its interdisciplinary approach which brings together researchers from different areas in order to discover new solutions.

After the tour, all participants were cordially invited to network with speakers and other attendees during a casual get-together.

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University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover (TiHo)

The University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover (TiHo) is a university foundation in the State of Lower Saxony and the oldest independent facility for veterinary medicine in Germany.

The TiHo comprises six clinics and 19 institutes at two locations in Hanover, Germany. It also has three field offices: the Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW) in Büsum, the Farm for Education and Research in Ruthe in the south of Hanover, and the Field Station for Epidemiology in Bakum near Vechta. Gerhard Greif is the current President. A total of 1,605 students were enrolled for veterinary medicine in the winter term 2013/14. In addition, there are 817 doctorate students and 49 masters students.

The TiHo’s main areas of research are Infection medicine, clinical research, systemic neurosciences, animal health and food quality.

The Institute for Food Quality and Food Safety is part of the Virtual Centre for Animal Welfare and Food Quality at University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover.

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