EFSA looks to the future

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, November 23, 2007

The Summit on Food Safety organised yesterday in Brussels by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), jointly with the Portuguese Presidency and the European Commission, marks the first five years since the agency was created. EFSA brought together decision makers from European institutions, EU Member States and stakeholders to debate the future of food and feed safety in Europe. The Summit closed a week’s activities kicked off by a Scientific Forum covering scientific issues from chemical and biological risks to nanotechnology.

Since EFSA’s foundation, much has changed in food and feed safety. The Summit provided an opportunity for key decision makers and actors in the EU food safety system, to reflect on experience gained over the past five years and to consider a number of recommendations for the years ahead.

EFSA’s goal is to become globally recognised as the European reference body for risk assessment in food and feed safety, animal health and welfare, nutrition, plant protection and plant health. To this end, EFSA is pursuing its international outreach and has signed an information exchange agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to facilitate co-operation. The Authority intends to follow this approach with other organisations beyond the EU, such as Japan, Australia and New Zealand.