ADAFSA & EFSA to improve cooperation on food safety risk assessment

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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ADAFSA-EFSA Partnership
Officials during the signing ceremony | Courtesy: WAM

Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has agreed to cooperate with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in order to boost scientific cooperation and dialogue in data collection and data sharing related to risk assessment.

EFSA is a leading international organization that assesses food risks for EU countries and is also a strategic partner of ADAFSA.

The agreement was signed remotely by Mr. Saeed Al Bahri Al Ameri, Director-General of ADAFSA, and Dr. Bernhard Url, Executive Director of EFSA.

Under the agreement, areas of cooperation comprise the collection, analysis, or sharing of technical data in the areas related to food safety to ensure human health and wellbeing, taking into account animal and plant health and the environment.

The five-year renewable agreement encompasses collaboration in training, knowledge transfer, and sharing of expertise between the two parties. This will help decision-makers make informed decisions about risk management based on the latest scientific findings.

Furthermore, the two organizations have agreed to hold a series of meetings to follow up on the implementation of their agreement and to enhance their joint cooperation.

According to the statement, “It also provides for the exchange of knowledge or expertise in methodologies for data collection, scientific risk assessment or risk communication, scientific assessment, raising awareness of food safety risks at all stages of the food chain in addition to providing accurate and reliable risk assessments based on the latest scientific developments independently and transparently.”

ADAFSA maintains strong ties and productive partnerships with key international organizations that are relevant to its work, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH).

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