Too often, while scientific information underpinning food standards and risk management is becoming more prevalent and available, the delay in translating such knowledge into a “usable” form by food regulators at the domestic and international level is what contributes to delaying various food standard setting initiatives. This, generally results in maintaining an unpredictable environment for industry, impeding innovation or maintaining divergent regulatory measures which in turn contribute in creating barriers to trade.

 

The Platform has engaged with stakeholders to identify early areas of intervention where the need is most evident which led to focus on the following initial areas of action :

Food allergen management

Analysis of food allergens occurrence in processed foods, validation of detection methods, optimization of detection methods, development of reference material, risk analysis related to allergen presence in food products, management of residual allergens after cleaning, development of guidelines for allergen management 

Food fraud

Training for agri-food industries, consulting for food companies, optimization of food fraud detection methods, survey on perception of food fraud in food industries, development of guidelines for the management of food fraud, organization of international meetings

Contribution in capacity development

Upgrade food safety regulatory systems in export markets in support of market access opportunities and removal of impediments to trade, through leadership from international organizations responsible for food safety

Data generation


For these areas, the generation and analysis of risk assessment information as well as the formulation of up-to-date food regulatory policy proposals supported by such analysis would help alleviate the uncertainties of the current food regulatory approach domestically and internationally. Other areas of interest are specifically related to food safety and nutrition risk communication, where the Platform could become a focal point for a multi-lingual science-driven source of information for food risk communication, adapted to various audiences.

Collaborations with academic centers and food regulators in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region continue to be developed with emphasis on supporting training and knowledge generation in disciplines related to food risk analysis

Samuel Godefroy