The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), established in 2002, is the cornerstone of the European Union effort to evaluate food and feed safety risks. Working in close collaboration with national authorities and in open consultation with stakeholders, EFSA offers independent scientific opinions and provides clear information about existing and emerging risks.
EFSA and CIHEAM have since 2007 been engaged in exchanging information on these subjects and more particularly in encouraging representatives and experts to take part in the meetings, seminars and forums organised by each of the two institutions on subjects of common interest to them. These subjects are nutrition and consumer health, animal health and well being, and plant health, which are three of the ten subjects addressed by EFSA’s scientific panels.
Common projects currently underway include the MEDITERRA 2012 report on the role of the Mediterranean diet in regional development, for which EFSA is preparing the part devoted to food health and safety in the Mediterranean Region. More information
The CIHEAM and EFSA organised a high-level international seminar on “Identity, Quality and Safety of Mediterranean Food Products”, which was held in Parma on 5 June 2007.
This forum, which brought together about a hundred decision makers and scientific experts, had a twofold objective: to present the growing number of issues associated with the identity and safety of Mediterranean agricultural and agrifood products and to discuss appropriate policies and technical responses to meet the challenges posed by the Mediterranean food situation.