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IFA Workshop on Risk Communication


RISK COMMUNICATION - strategies to implement the interaction among stakeholders for safer food products and the benefit of consumers

26th February 2013, 09:00:13:00, Hotel Novotel Congress BUDAPEST

The communication of the safety risks along the food production chain is an interactive process of exchange of information and opinion among risk assessors, risk managers, and other interested parties. It is an integral part of the risk assessment actions and implies the involvement of all the stakeholders of the food processing sector that are involved in a continuous process of transfer of information. Research organisations, governmental bodies and authorities, as well as industry have to act in a synergic way to promote constructive strategies to communicate on risks associated with the food chain and deliver the proper information for the benefit of the consumers. During the workshop, eminent representatives of public organisations, research institutes and industry will present strategies and actions aimed to favour a constructive dialog among the stakeholders and to improve the correct delivery of the information about safety risks to the consumers. A discussion will be promoted with all participants that will also have the chance to contribute with case studies.

The workshop is organised by the ISEKI-Food Association as pre-conference workshop to the 4th MoniQA International Conference "Food Safety under Global Pressure of Climate Change, Food Security and Economic Crises" (



09:00-09:20 Opening: Introductory presentation given byGerhard Schleining (IFA Secretary General, BOKU, AT) and Paola Pittia (IFA Vice President, University of Teramo, IT) on the ISEKI-Food Association and aims of the workshop
09:20-10:00 Diana Banati (ILSI Europe): Assessed vs perceived risks and their comunication: Would consumers ever believe the obvious?
10:00-10:40 Maria Szeitzné Szabó (Food Safety Risk Assessment Directorate, Hungary): The confused consumer: role of information and education in food safety
10:40-11:10 Prof. József Farkas and Dr. Judit Beczner (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary): Activities of the Food Safety Sub-Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in relation to emerging food safety risks
11:10-11:40 Coffee break
11:40-12:10 René Crevel (Science Leader - Allergy & Immunology, Unilever, UK): Communicating food safety risks: the challenge for industry
12:10-12:40 Gyula Kasza (Corvinus University, Hungary): Hungarian Food Safety Strategy - A shift towards integrity
12:40-13:00 Closing and Final Discussion (Paola Pittia and Gerhard Schleining)



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