Transforming infrastructure into services: a case study of Metrofood-ro impact on the food and health sector in Romania

  • Elena Ungureanu National R&D Institute for Food Bioresources – IBA Bucharest
  • Bogdan Dragancea National R&D Institute for Food Bioresources – IBA Bucharest
  • Nastasia Belc National R&D Institute for Food Bioresources – IBA Bucharest
  • Elena Roxana Utoiu National R&D Institute for Food Bioresources – IBA Bucharest
  • Florica Constantinescu National R&D Institute for Food Bioresources – IBA Bucharest
  • Alina-Alexandra Dobre National R&D Institute for Food Bioresources – IBA Bucharest
  • Denisa Duta National R&D Institute for Food Bioresources – IBA Bucharest
Keywords: METROFOOD-RO, services, food safety, food quality, food authenticity, packaging testing

Abstract

METROFOOD-RO is a Research Infrastructure operating in the "Health & Food" field in Romania, and it serves as an integral component of the pan-European METROFOOD Research Infrastructure (METROFOOD-RI). Its primary mission is to advance metrology within the food and nutrition sector. This infrastructure comprises a well-organized network with nine partners, including four universities, four research and development institutes, and one research center. These collaborative partners engage in research activities and provide advanced services for various user categories, such as academic and research institutions, food inspection and regulatory agencies, policymakers, food industry operators, and the general public. METROFOOD-RO offers a comprehensive range of services, including Food, Environmental, and Food Packaging Analysis. These services cover the analysis of contaminants, microbiological assessments, evaluations of nutritional properties, measurements of technological parameters, and detection of authenticity and fraud. Moreover, METROFOOD-RO is equipped to provide agro-ecosystem characterization services, with a specific focus on characterizing environmental matrices such as water, soil, sediments, and air, with an emphasis on identifying chemical and microbiological contaminants. The objective of this paper is to present METROFOOD-RO's service portfolio, categorized into food safety, food quality, food authenticity, nutritional properties, food packaging and agroecosystem.

Published
2023-12-08
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Ungureanu E, Dragancea B, Belc N, Utoiu E, Constantinescu F, Dobre A-A, Duta D. Transforming infrastructure into services: a case study of Metrofood-ro impact on the food and health sector in Romania. Innovative Romanian Food Biotechnology [Internet]. 8Dec.2023 [cited 22May2024];(24):1-9. Available from: https://www.gup.ugal.ro/ugaljournals/index.php/IFRB/article/view/6482
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