NEEDS AND SOLUTIONS IN APPLYING EUROPEAN NORMS ON QUALITY AND FOOD SAFETY IN THE ROMANIAN AGRIFOOD FIELD
Cecilia Pop, V.V. Cotea, Cintia Colibaba, I.M. Pop, Diana Viorica Lupu, Roxana Calistru
This paper aims to identify and analyze the types of needs that confront professionals in the agri-food field during the process of taking over and implementation of European rules related to food quality and safety, respectively the nomination of practical and concrete solutions. Methodologically, the direct research was used, through questionnaires-based survey followed by results analysis and interpretation; the survey was conducted nationally by the participation of 100 organizations, the main target group was represented by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) located in 22 counties. The achieved results reveal that, though most enterprises have started to implement quality and food safety rules, only 46% of them use the guidelines of good practices during day by day activity. Regarding the dysfunctions noticed, it is estimated they due to insufficient knowledge of the European norms application methodology. In conclusion, due to financial facilities limitations or to insufficient educational programs, the SMEs need support in implementing quality management and food safety systems. WINDAIR (Leonardo da Vinci international project, co-granted with UASVM Iasi as partner) answers this field-related situation by providing a tool for training in food quality and safety (practical training, leaflet and CD ROM) in the enterprises producing wine and cheese.
Key words: quality, food safety, European norms, survey