Risk Benefit Assessment of foods: Key findings from an international workshop

Sara Monteiro Pires*, Géraldine Boué, Alan Boobis, Hanna Eneroth, Jeljer Hoekstra, Jeanne-Marie Membré, Inez Maria Persson, Morten Poulsen, Juliana Ruzante, Jacob van Klaveren, Sofie Theresa Thomsen, Maarten Nauta

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Abstract

Whilst risk management measures, including food policy, are developed for the protection of public health and the environment, they may also lead to a reduction in health benefits. Policy decisions require then consideration of these necessary trade-offs, which leads to an increasing need to apply formal risk-benefit assessment (RBA) of foods. In this context, the European Food Safety Authority sponsored a Risk-Benefit Assessment Workshop on “past, current and future developments within the risk-benefit assessment of foods (RBA)” held in May 2017. The overall aims of the RBA Workshop were to discuss existing methods, challenges and needs within RBA, and to draft a roadmap for future development of RBA. The specific objectives were to i) identify RBA activities in Europe and globally; ii) discuss how to further develop and optimize RBA methodology; iii) identify challenges and opportunities within RBA; and iv) increase collaboration internationally. The two-day workshop gathered 28 participants from 16 institutions in 11 countries. It included technical presentations of RBA methods and case studies, and two break-out sessions for group discussions. All participants agreed that RBA has substantial potential to inform risk-management decisions in the areas of food safety, nutrition and public health. Several activities to optimize further developments within RBA were suggested. This paper provides a summary of workshop presentations, a discussion of challenges that limit progress in this area, and suggestions of next steps for this promising approach supporting a science-based decision process in the area of risk-benefit management of foods.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFood Research International
Volume116
Pages (from-to)859-869
ISSN0963-9969
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Risk-benefit assessment
  • Food safety
  • Nutrition
  • Diet
  • Evidence-based
  • Health impact
  • Food policy

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Pires, Sara Monteiro ; Boué, Géraldine ; Boobis, Alan ; Eneroth, Hanna ; Hoekstra, Jeljer ; Membré, Jeanne-Marie ; Persson, Inez Maria ; Poulsen, Morten ; Ruzante, Juliana ; van Klaveren, Jacob ; Thomsen, Sofie Theresa ; Nauta, Maarten . / Risk Benefit Assessment of foods: Key findings from an international workshop. In: Food Research International. 2019 ; Vol. 116. pp. 859-869.
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Risk Benefit Assessment of foods: Key findings from an international workshop. / Pires, Sara Monteiro; Boué, Géraldine; Boobis, Alan; Eneroth, Hanna; Hoekstra, Jeljer; Membré, Jeanne-Marie; Persson, Inez Maria; Poulsen, Morten; Ruzante, Juliana; van Klaveren, Jacob; Thomsen, Sofie Theresa; Nauta, Maarten .

In: Food Research International, Vol. 116, 2019, p. 859-869.

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