Food Law News - EU - 2012

EFSA Press Release, 30 January 2012

EFSA - EFSA’s commitment to ensuring that Europe’s food is safe – 10 years and going from strength to strength

This is the text of the Press Release about the 10th anniversary of EFSA. There are additional details and features available on their main page marking the anniversary at:

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has played a key role in European Union (EU) risk assessment regarding food and feed safety since 2002. EFSA is striving towards excellence and is recognised as the European reference body for risk assessment on food and feed, nutrition, animal and plant health. During its 10th anniversary year, EFSA will be highlighting how its scientific work has contributed to the protection of European consumers and will also be looking to shape the future. The world has changed since EFSA was set up. In the second decade of the 21st century new trends and emerging issues are affecting both the nature and volume of the Authority’s work. EFSA has strengthened its ties with its partners and stakeholders in the EU and beyond and, with its newly adopted science strategy and comprehensive policy to ensure the independence of its scientific decision-making processes, will continue to enhance its support to the EU food safety chain and build confidence in EU risk assessment.

Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli said "EFSA's credibility and scientific excellence is today being recognised on the world stage. Sound scientific data is crucial to good policy-making. EFSA has carried out important risk assessment work and I trust that it will build on its achievements of the last 10 years. Our vision is to continue ensuring that food has the highest standards of safety for our citizens."

Over the past 10 years, EFSA has underpinned EU policy measures through its extensive scientific work – grounded in up-to-date knowledge and data – in food and feed safety, nutrition, animal health and welfare, plant protection and plant health. As a result, European consumers enjoy a high level of protection and are increasingly well informed as regards risks in the food and feed chain.

“The world has changed since EFSA’s inception and EFSA is changing with it”, said Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, EFSA’s Executive Director.

“EFSA has re-structured internally both in support of its Science Strategy for 2012-2016 and to evolve with the risk assessment landscape that it has helped to define. These reforms will allow the Authority to be as flexible and reactive as possible to risk management needs while continuing to protect European consumers. EFSA will continue to shape the future of risk assessment through experience, flexibility and commitment, in particular to its core values of openness and transparency, scientific excellence, independence and responsiveness.”

As an open and listening organisation and building on its experience, EFSA will continue to strengthen the rigorous procedures in place to ensure the independence of its scientific decision-making processes, thereby building trust in the quality of its science.

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Anniversary year information and events

To mark the anniversary year, EFSA has published a dedicated section on its website providing concrete examples of the Authority’s work in the past 10 years and information on upcoming events. The section will be updated throughout the year. In addition, EFSA’s anniversary year can be followed on Twitter @EFSA_EU. EFSA in collaboration with the European Commission, as well as with partners in Member States, will also be organising joint events in 2012 marking the 10th anniversary of the creation of both EFSA and the general EU Food law.

EFSA will in particular organise for its key partners and stakeholders a scientific conference to be held in Parma, Italy in November. The conference, which is expected to bring together over 500 scientific experts and other interested parties, will focus on key aspects of EFSA’s new Science Strategy. Further information about this and other events will be published in the dedicated web section in spring 2012.

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