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China and Europe increasingly working together on food safety – EFSA

By staff reporter , 19-Oct-2016
Last updated on 19-Oct-2016 at 12:43 GMT2016-10-19T12:43:51Z

China International Food Safety & Quality Conference + Expo, November 2-3 in Shanghai
China International Food Safety & Quality Conference + Expo, November 2-3 in Shanghai

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) are to sign an agreement on food safety next month.

Bernhard Url, EFSA’s executive director and Jiang Lu, CFSA’s acting director general, will sign the Memorandum of Cooperation in November in Beijing.

The agreement will set a legal basis to ensure cooperation in capacity building, exchange of knowledge and expertise and harmonisation and innovation in food safety risk assessment methods and approaches.

EFSA will also take part in the “China International Food Safety & Quality Conference + Expo 2016” and co-chair a seminar on November 3 about the future priorities in food safety.

Exhibitors include 3M, Neogen, Hygiena, Merck, DuPont, Merieux Nutrisciences and Romer Labs.

The event, organised by the European Commission and EFSA, will focus on future food safety challenges and implications for European and international risk assessors and managers.

EFSA will give insights into new guidance on applications for novel and traditional foods and efforts to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR). 

Leigh Verbois, director China Office, US Food and Drug Administration, Markus Lipp, head of the Secretariat of FAO/JECFA, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and Roland Solecki, head of department pesticide safety, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will also speak at the event.

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