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New GeoRisQ Monitor and report now out on the grand challenge of Food Safety to Europe

New GeoRisQ Monitor and report now out on the grand challenge of Food Safety to Europe

21 December 2012

The study From Farm to Fork and Further shows how, as traditional causes of food safety problems such as basic hygiene are successfully dealt with, future food safety risks become ever harder to manage.

European countries may have the highest food safety standards, however the trends that go hand in hand with rising wealth also lead to new risks, which emerge principally due to three trends: changing consumptions patterns; increasing complexity of food chains; and rapid developments in food innovation. As a result, new food safety risks arise, especially in relation to zoonotic diseases, antibiotic resistance, chemical hazards and allergies. If we do not address these risks, they are likely to evolve into the food safety crises of tomorrow. Our report suggests several areas for R&D to help us face these challenges.

Please click here to read the full report.

Our report is complemented by a GeoRisQ Monitor, which assesses the food safety performance of European countries based on the following four indicators: (i) outbreaks of food-borne disease, (ii) certifications of good practices within the food industry, (iii) pro-active approach to notifying food safety issues to the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, and (iv) food imported from outside the European Union. The Monitor can be accessed by clicking here.

On the right, you can find a press release in dutch regarding this report and GeoRisQ Monitor.

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Joshua Polchar

Strategic Analyst

Joshua Polchar

Joshua Polchar is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He specializes in diversity and inclusion, governance, and resources. He created the LGBT Military Index, and is developing a strategic vision for inclusion in armed forces.

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Maarten Gehem

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Maarten Gehem

Maarten Gehem is a strategic analyst at HCSS. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Philosophy and in Comparative and International Politics from the Catholic University of Leuven. Mr. Gehem graduated magna cum laude for both studies.

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Marjolein de Ridder

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Marjolein de Ridder

Marjolein de Ridder is a strategic analyst at HCSS. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Leuven and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University and the Clingendael Institute.

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