The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and Livsmedelsverket (National Food Agency of Sweden) signed an agreement at Livsmedelsverket’s head office in Uppsala.
The focus is development of food analysis methods in particular screening and standard methods for detecting contaminants.
"Against the backdrop of increasingly globalised trading in fish and seafood, for example, we need easy-to-use routine methods for detecting marine biotoxins which will stand up in court," said Professor Andreas Hensel, president of BfR.
BfR and Livsmedelsverket will also develop strategies to minimise antimicrobial resistance in livestock and support risk communication through graphic information.
Risk profiles prepared by the BfR help illustrate the health risks of foods in a manner understandable to non-professionals.
The Risk Thermometer, developed at Livsmedelsverket, allows the assessor to evaluate and classify risks of substances in foods comparatively and categorise them according to relevance for the consumer.
It is the latest agreement signed by the BfR following co-operations with food safety authorities in Portuguese speaking countries and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).