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Thursday, 22 November 2012

EU food agency needs to restore 'credibility'

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) comes under continous pressure to reform its internal procedures.
In a message of response to EFSA's new policy paper outlining its priority concerns for the future, the Cancer Prevention and Education Society (CPES) has questioned whether EFSA "really is ready for the challenges of tomorrow" and has joined others in calling for reform of EFSA's founding regulations.
The CPES report says "If EFSA wants in future to be a credible, scientifically expert organization, it needs to open a discussion about reforming its founding regulations. If EFSA is committed to science, it has nothing to fear from opening discussion of reform to its regulations – in fact, it should be encouraging it”.
The EU agency has been under fire in recent months over claims about the influence representatives from industry have on the advice it gives to the commission.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the keystone of European Union (EU) risk assessment regarding food and feed safety. In collaboration with national authorities and in open consultation with its stakeholders, EFSA provides independent scientific advice and communication on existing and emerging risks, which represent a foundation for European policies and legislation and support the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States in taking timely risk management decisions.


Source: The Parliament