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Scientific Forum – 'From safe food to healthy diets' and the European Food Safety Summit

“EU risk assessment - past, present and future”

Dates: 20/11/07 > 22/11/07
Place: EC Charlemagne Building, Brussels
Country: Belgium
Participants: Scientific experts, EFSA stakeholders, representatives from European institutions and national authorities
Organizer: European Food Safety Authority
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Scientific Forum – 'From safe food to healthy diets' and the European Food Safety Summit

The two-day scientific forum will give scientists and other interested parties from the EU and beyond the chance to debate issues within EFSA’s remit including nanotechnology, animal cloning, chemical and microbiological risks and nutrition.

Scientific Forum - Draft Programme

Tuesday 20 November 2007

 13.30 - 15.00  Opening session


  • Welcome and introduction by Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, EFSA Executive Director
  • Keynote addresses by the European Parliament and European Commission

15.00 - 17.00  Major challenges in food safety

  • Real and perceived risks from food-borne animal infections
    Including: Campylobacter and BSE  
  • Chemicals as friends and foes
    Including: dioxins and PCBs, pesticides, food additives and food contact materials  
  • Do healthy diets exist?
    Including: nutrition and health, Population Reference Intakes for nutrients, safe upper limits

Wednesday 21 November 2007

Experience Shows
9.30-11.00 Lessons learnt and developments in risk assessment
5 parallel sessions:

  1. Microbiological risks
  2. Chemical risks
  3. Food improving agents and packaging
  4. Risk assessment of GMO’s 
  5. Animal welfare

Looking Forward
11.30-12.30 Debate: Nanotechnology in food and feed
Lively debate on risks and benefits including questions from the audience.
14.00- 15.30 New and evolving issues in food safety
5 parallel sessions: 

  1. Animal cloning
  2. Knowing more about what we eat
  3. Active and intelligent food packaging
  4. Analysing health risks vs. health benefits
  5. Communicating risks: learning for the future?

16.00-17.00 Closing session
Concluding remarks by Professor Vittorio Silano, Chair of EFSA Scientific Committee, and Professor Patrick Wall, Chair of EFSA Management Board  

European Food Safety Summit

22 November 2007

The Food Safety Summit is an opportunity for high-level decision makers from the Member States, EU Institutions, International Organisations and non-EU partner countries to consider jointly the future of food and feed risk assessment in Europe.

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