Efsa prepares to announce China collaboration

By RJ Whitehead

- Last updated on GMT

Efsa prepares to announce China collaboration

Related tags: European food safety authority

The European Union’s food-safety watchdog is expected to formalise its relationship with its Chinese counterpart in November.

Bernhard Url, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), and Jiang Lu, acting director general of the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA), will meet on November 1 in Beijing to sign a memorandum of co-operation.

The agreement between Efsa and the CFSA paves the way legally for various cooperation programmes relating to capacity building, knowledge exchange and sharing expertise. The partnership also sets out to “stimulate harmonisation and innovation in food safety risk assessment methods and approaches​”, the European agency said in a statement.

The meat industry in particular is cheering the anticipated collaboration, which is expected to outline global efforts to address antimicrobial resistance.

Related topics: Policy, Food safety, East Asia, China

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