Workshop to identify emerging food safety risks

By George Reynolds

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Food safety, European union

Ways to identify emerging food safety risks will be at the heart of
an upcoming workshop organised by the UK regulator and the EU food
safety agency next week.

With trade increasing between the UK and the rest of Europe, food safety risks are no longer concentrated on domestic markets only. Sharing knowledge and best practices produces the corollary of improved food safety across the continent. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the European Food Safety authority's (EFSA) objectives are to find topics for future research and to increase co-operation between regulators. The FSA said the workshop, will take place on 5 and 6 March, is also the first as part of a project to be taken forward to deliver EFSA's recently adopted strategy on scientific cooperation. "The workshop is a first step towards delivering the recently revised strategic plan objective of building and maintaining the trust of stakeholders in our handling of food safety issues, and in particular the target of working with the food industry, local authorities and other stakeholders to improve mechanisms for preventing and responding to incidents," an FSA spokesperson said. Since EFSA was founded in 2002, it has been analyising food safety and methods to improve hygiene and detection of risks. EFSA aims to harmonise risk assessment approaches across EU regulators, and to establish a database of national experts on a variety of research areas. Standardising practices enables analysis to be conducted on a greater volume of research compared to analysing research by different member states produced on an individual basis. Experts from European and international organizations working varied food safety areas, as well as enforcement bodies, consumer groups and food and drink industry representatives will be attending. Recommendations from the workshop will be shared with other international organisations and will complement existing work within the SafeFoodEra project, a European food safety research program. Those interested in attending should contact the FSA.

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