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Food Safety in the EU, Fostering Innovation and Securing Consumer Protection Throughout the Agri-Food Chain, 24. 1. 2017
Datum: 18.01.2017

Food Safety in the EU
Fostering Innovation and Securing Consumer Protection Throughout the Agri-Food Chain

Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Brussels

Tuesday 24th January 2017


Ladislav Miko
Deputy Director General for Food Safety
DG SANTE, European Commission

Dr Tobin Robinson
Head of Unit - Scientific Committee and Emerging Risks,
European Food Safety Authority

Renate Sommer
European Parliament

Hélène Simonin
Director Food, Environment & Health,
EDA – European Dairy Association

Guilherme Serodio
Project Manager, Consumer Revolution

Maeve Howe
Sustainability Policy Adviser
Euro Coop

Pekka Pesonen
Secretary General
Copa Cogeca

Jim Bracken
Sustainability Director

Kate Trollope
EU Food Policy

B.M.J. van der Meulen
Professor of Food Law
Wageningen University

Event Details Website Register to Attend

Citizens of the European Union enjoy one of the highest standards of food safety in the world, yet WHO estimates that every year in the European region 23 million people fall ill due to foodborne diseases, resulting in 5000 deaths. Even in the developed world, the ingestion and handling of contaminated food cause widespread illnesses, resulting in an increased burden on public health and significant economic implications. The agri-food sector represents a lion’s share of the EU economy, providing around 44 million jobs; 7.5% of Europeans are employed in production and processing, generating 3.7% of the total value added. Balancing the needs of industry, whilst simultaneously ensuring consumer protection and encouraging sustainability, is a primary challenge in the contemporary European political climate.

In order to minimize the risks to public health and to the wider economic system, the European Union has put in place several legislative tools aimed at enhancing food safety. With a budget of €1.9 million between 2014 and 2020, the first comprehensive Financial Framework Regulation for the Food Chain provides finance for controls, measures to improve animal and plant health and scientific research, as well as awareness-raising and information programmes. Another main goal of EU food safety policy is to ensure sustainability of the food system. To this end, in 2015 the Commission has included the reduction of food waste in its Circular Economy Package, and established a new EU Platform on food losses and food waste to define measures to be adopted. 

Besides governance, innovation drives development, with GMOs and GM foods as a response to food security, but also new technological food contact materials and new smart agricultural techniques. The introduction of digital technologies within the agri-food chain is of great promise, but sector-wide inclusion is yet to occur.

This timely symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity for experts, policy makers, NGOs and other key stakeholders to discuss the latest European regulatory initiatives surrounding food safety, consumer protection, and innovation, in order to foster a resilient and sustainable agri-food chain. The symposium will also allow delegates to assess the current and future challenges facing the global food system, and to share best practice from across Europe. 

Delegates will:

  • Assess the current food safety framework in Europe and discuss its upcoming novelties
  • Discover innovations aimed at improving safety in the agri-food chain
  • Learn about the impact of the SDGs on the approach to food safety
  • Build awareness of the actions in place to reduce food waste and to increase public consciousness on the subject
  • Debate the range of consumer protection measures in place in Europe
  • Take part in interactive discussions on the need for traceability as a means to ensure transparency

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