Scanning horizons and preventing incidents

Monday 21 May 2007 – The Agency has today published a report of its international workshop on food incident prevention and horizon scanning, held on March 5-6 in cooperation with the
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The event aimed to identify emerging food safety risks and was held over one-and-a-half days in London.

The opening day was chaired by FSA Deputy Chair Ian Reynolds and looked at the underlying causes of food incidents from the manufacturing, catering retail and consumer perspectives, including
the impact on brand reputation. Different countries’ approaches were looked at, including South Africa’s, Canada’s, Australia’s and the US.

Day two began with a look at the development of a European system for the identification of potential emerging food risks and horizon scanning mechanisms.

A food incident is defined as any event where, based on the information available, there are concerns about actual or suspected threats to the safety or quality of food that could require
intervention to protect consumers’ interests.

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