Joining forces for the replacement of animal studies in food sciences

Objectives

This unique transversal and multi-stakeholder Task Force aims to:

  • review the recently developed methods and build a consensus on how and what is needed to reduce animal testing in food and beverage development;
  • provide evidence-based science and evaluate potential strategies and approaches that ultimately could replace animal testing in food sciences;
  • communicate and disseminate the opportunities for alternatives in the food and drink sector.

Impact

The Task Force is fostering a change in attitude across the food industry and authorities towards non-animal approaches.

  • Recently, the Task Force published two reviews on animal-free strategies in food safety and nutrition:
    Animal-free strategies in food safety, de Boer et al., 2020
    – Animal free strategies in nutrition, de Boer et al., 2021 (soon online)
  • A session on ‘Challenges of Non-Animal Approaches for Food Safety & Nutrition in the 21st Century’ took place at the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in Life Sciences, in August 2021 in Maastricht (NL).

For more detailed information, please contact Siméon Bourdoux at sbourdoux@ilsieurope.be or Belinda Antonio at bantonio@ilsieurope.be

Task Force Members

Expert Groups

What are the challenges to use vital human material as an innovative approach to move towards human-based science and avoid animal research & testing?

Background & Objectives

The translational value from animal to human physiology is questioned. The use of human material (e.g. tissues) offers a sensible opportunity for better extrapolation of safety and efficacy outcomes to humans. However several barriers and constraints exist to their feasibility and acceptance. The activity aims therefore to lead the discussion by proposing concrete actions to overcome these challenges and promote the use of human vital tissues to improve translational research. Overall, this project will contribute to the transition from animal based to human-based safety evaluation in the food, nutrition and beverage sector.

Output

This activity will enable the set-up of a roadmap for a network/infrastructure in Europe to make human vital tissue available for (biomedical) research (academia, public sector and industry), that can be used as an example to follow. An important output of this activity will be a peer-reviewed publication setting out the barriers and constraints. It will also highlight gaps and needs to encourage/promote the use of human tissues as an alternative to animal testing.

Expert Group Members

What are the challenges to use vital human material as an innovative approach to move towards human-based science and avoid animal research & testing?

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