The Seafood Importers and Processors Alliance (SIPA) was founded in 2002 in order to facilitate scientific research into all issues relating to food safety and food security of fishery and aquaculture products that have been imported into the European Union.
Moreover SIPA acts as a representative body for members of the international seafood community. Most of the available funding has been spent on scientific research in the field of chemical food safety, especially in the area of residues of pharmacologically active compounds (antibiotics) in seafood. This has resulted in an impressive list of scientific papers, which have been published in books and journals from various areas of science (see list below). The publications have helped the European Commission in guiding a path for creating regulations which ensure the safest food for the European consumer, and which also offer a level playing field for the international seafood industry.
According to the FAO, the growing world population will require a huge increase in seafood production, which has to come mainly from aquaculture. The key to obtaining this goal will be sustainability, towards which SIPA has always contributed via various public–private partnerships with producing countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. The international network SIPA has built in the years of existence is vast and its name is well known in the seafood-producing countries outside the EU. Within the EU SIPA continues to support solid research and continues to improve visibility in the international press and symposia to help smooth the path for the sustainable growth of seafood production, especially in the area of global harmonization of regulations regarding food safety and seafood trade. We invite all companies and organizations involved in exporting or importing seafood into the EU to support our goals. Joining SIPA also provides great business opportunities within the community of European seafood importers.
To become a member go to: http://www.seafoodalliance.org/become-member
or contact mailto:infoseafoodalliance.org for more information.
SIPA-sponsored studies (full text available to members)
Chloramphenicol, food safety and precautionary thinking in Europe. Environmental Liability 6 (2003); J.C. Hanekamp, G. Frapporti, K. Olieman, 209–221. Publicly available here
Beyond zero tolerance: a new approach to food safety. Environmental Liability 1 (2004); J.C. Hanekamp and J. Kwakman, 33–39. Publicly available here
Veterinary residues and new European legislation: a new hope. Environmental Liability 2 (2005); J.C. Hanekamp, 52.
Antibiotics Use in Food-Producing Animals. Encyclopedia of Biotechnology in Agriculture and Food 1 (2010); J.C. Hanekamp, 39–42
Towards intended normal use (Part I): A European appraisal of the chloramphenicol case and some thoughts on the potential of global harmonization of antibiotics regulation. Ensuring Global Food Safety, ISBN 978-0-12-374845-4; Chapter 11 (2010); J.C. Hanekamp and J. Kwakman, 193–208
Crossing the ecological threshold of scientific analysis, natural chemicals and global trade. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 10 (2011); J.C. Hanekamp, J.H.J.M. Kwakman and K. Olieman, 8 (Letter to the editor)
Food Safety At The Molecular Level: Crossing The Ecological threshold. Global Aquaculture Advocate March/April (2011); J.C. Hanekamp, J. Kwakman, R. Pieterman, 41–42
Investigation into the possible natural occurence of semicarbazide in Macrobrachium rosenbergii prawns. Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry 5 (2011); C. Van Poucke, C. Detavernier, M. Wille, J. Kwakman, P. Sorgeloos, C. Van Peteghem, 2107–2112. Abstract available here
Toxicity vs. Detection. New European Food Safety Regulation Based On Threshold Of Toxicity. Global Aquaculture Advocate September/October (2012); J.C. Hanekamp, J. Kwakman, R. Pieterman, 56–57
The Administrative Ordering of Nature and Society – Precaution and Food Safety at the Molecular and Global Levels. European Journal of Risk Regulation 3 (2012); J. C. Hanekamp, J. Kwakman, R. Pieterman, P.F. Ricci, 313–325
Maintaining a High Level of Health Protection from Chemical Residues and Contaminants: a Regulatory Perspective. World Aquaculture June (2013); I. Bartolo, 60–62.