Opening Plenary Session

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What’s next for food safety assessments?

What’s next for food safety assessments?

Food safety assessments play a crucial role in ensuring that food (including feed and derived products) stays safe. Being at the interface between science, society and policy, such assessments have been impacted by many abrupt changes including rapid technological and scientific developments, globalisation, global warming, societal expectations and new policy targets. Besides creating opportunities, these changes also pose critical challenges for food safety science. To ensure that food safety assessments remain fit for purpose, and continue to protect human, animal, plant and environmental health and animal welfare, they will need further advancement. This plenary session will explore how food safety science may be impacted by complexity and change, and how it will need to develop to respond to a fast-changing environment and get prepared to the challenges ahead. We will explore scenarios for the future of food systems, food safety, engagement and communication. Specific emphasis will be placed on the One Health approach in an effort to develop more integrated, cross-sectoral and collaborative health assessments. This plenary session will also set the scene for in-depth discussions that will continue in the thematic (break-out) sessions of the Conference.

Session Coordinator

Session coordinator
Yann Devos (EFSA)

Session Contributors

Session contributors
Barbara Gallani (EFSA)
Marta Hugas (EFSA)
Cinzia Percivaldi (EFSA)
Tobin Robinson (EFSA)


Abstract Session Chairpersons
  • Barbara Gallani, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Tanja Schwerdtle, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
Abstract Session Speakers
  • Jessica Fanzo, Johns Hopkins University - From safe food to sustainable food systems
  • Glindys Virginia Luciano, Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) - Having it all: can food be safe, nutritious and sustainable?
  • Frank Yiannas, US Food and Drug Agency (US FDA) - Actions speak loudest: the battle for trust
  • Jacqueline EW Broerse, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Fighting with facts: the future of science communication
  • Sarah A Hartley, University of Exeter - Together is better: engagement in risk assessment
  • Patrick Wall, University College Dublin - One Health as integrative approach. No more walls: why we must go forward together
Abstract Session Moderators
  • Rose O’Donovan, Agra Facts
Abstract Session Panellists
  • Claire Bury, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (European Commission)
  • Monique Goyens, European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
  • Jytte Guteland, Member of the European Parliament
  • Dirk Jacobs, FoodDrinkEurope (FDE)
  • Milka Sokolović, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)
  • Bernhard Url, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
Abstract Session Rapporteurs
  • Edward Bray, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Yann Devos, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Cinzia Percivaldi, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Tobin Robinson, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)