|Jordan University of Science and Technology Secured a PRIMA Project on Trace & Trust Hubs for MED Food|
Jul 19,2020 /// Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) secured its first PRIMA project on Trace & Trust Hubs for MED food (Med Food TTHubs). The project will focus on Mediterranean food products as key points in the reform of tracing and authenticity procedures of traditional Mediterranean foods, adding value to high quality food products by providing documented traceability of the whole “seed-to-shelf” supply chain, through proofs of authenticity for final products and ingredients and including detailed information on the nutritional profile of the product. Therefore, the aim of the Med Food TTHubs is i) the establishment and ii) the pilot operation of seven Trace & Trust Hubs, which will form a permanent transnational network playing the role of a one-stop-shop for traceability and authenticity for ‘added value’ Mediterranean food products in each of the countries involved, which include, in addition to Jordan, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, and Tunisia.
Prof. Sa'eb A. Khresat , President of JUST, showed his appreciation to the EU funding agencies, which provided funds for most of Jordanian Universities to modernize their curricula and improve their teaching methodologies. Prof. Khresat said that JUST has been involved in many EU projects that aimed at fostering collaboration among the industrial, agricultural, medical, etc., sectors and academia. Prof. Saeb emphasized the importance of these project for JUST to keep its international ranking improving.
Prof. Fahmi Abu Al-Rub, Jordan coordinator of the project, indicated that the Med Food TTHubs project will support the implementation of full-path tracing practices through the whole distribution channel from seed to shelf. For that purpose, Abu Al-Rub said that the Med Food TTHubs will develop and support the operation of a “Voluntary Scheme of Traceability (VST) of MED foods”, which will be a common protocol for the network of these Hubs, acting as a point of reference for the products of the different involved areas. This protocol will include detailed guidelines, audit procedures and KPIs in relation to practices and processes towards traceable, authenticated and of high nutritional quality products