F.D.A. and E.F.S.A. increase food safety cooperation

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — The European Food Safety Authority and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed the first-ever U.S. and European agreement for assessing food safety risk.

"As a science-based and science-led agency, F.D.A. recognizes that scientific cooperation is vital for the success of its mission, which is to provide the best possible health protection for the public," said Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D., commissioner of food and drugs. "I welcome this opportunity for scientific exchanges with our European colleagues — exchanges that will be focused on ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food, a major area of responsibility for our agency."

The agreement is expected to facilitate the sharing of confidential scientific and other information between the agencies to help ensure the safety of foods. The formal agreement ensures appropriate protection of such confidential information.

"Food safety knows no national boundaries, and the food chain is today truly a global one," said Catherine Geslain-Laneelle, executive director of the E.F.S.A. "We need to work with the best scientific minds from across the world and extend scientific cooperation to assess food safety risks and protect consumers even more. Sharing data and knowledge across our two organizations is an important first step in achieving this goal.

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