The European Food Safety Authority has welcomed a statement issued by the food safety agencies of Europe that praises the work of Europe’s 10-year old central food science agency.
The 27 food safety agencies are members of EFSA’s Advisory Forum (AF) and they said EFSA has, “enhanced consumer protection, provided vital support to Member States and proved to be a crucial resource in times of food crises.”
Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, EFSA Executive Director, said: “The safety of Europe’s food chain has been strengthened over the past 10 years thanks to the decision to place independent science-based assessment at the heart of policy making.
“While EFSA can take satisfaction in what has been achieved, it is important to highlight that we are just one part of an EU-wide framework that includes Member States, the European Commission and other institutions as well as thousands of scientific experts who dedicate their time and skill to protect Europe’s citizens from any food-related risks.
“There is equal recognition that much important work remains to be done. We look forward to continuing this fruitful cooperation with all our partners to meet the critical challenges that lie ahead.”