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22/2014, 15.08.2014

Third BfR Summer School on the assessment and communication of food-associated risks

The global flow of goods now shapes the food market. Comprehensive training of all involved actors is necessary to ensure the safety of foods. This notably includes sound assessment and communication of material and microbial risks posed by foods. As part of the two-week Summer School of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), participants from 11 countries will undergo advanced training in these areas. "Scientists from all over the world can exchange ideas at the BfR Summer School and expand their skills in the area of food safety", says BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. Under the motto "by experts for experts", the BfR Summer School is taking place in Berlin for the third time.

For two weeks, from 18 to 29 August 2014, the participants of the BfR Summer School will learn about the microbial and material risks posed by foods.

In the first week, the speakers will, as part of a lecture series, cover the foundations of risk assessment and provide information about the causes and prevention of food-borne infections and intoxications. In the course of further thematic blocks, the methods and models of exposure assessment will be presented and criteria for the collection and evaluation of data required for risk assessment will be discussed.

In the second week, the focus will be on practice-oriented workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to apply health risk assessment to case examples such as cadmium and pesticide residues in foods.

As a supplement to the theory and practice of risk assessment, the Summer School also discusses and explores the significance of risk communication for different target groups.

The BfR Summer School has taken place annually since 2012. The target group of the advanced training course are scientists from state organisations who are concerned with food and feed safety. This year, most of the 26 participants come from Asia. The advanced training session aims to inspire them to apply and pass on the gained skills and knowledge in their home countries. Apart from intensive scientific exchange, the Summer School also gives the scientists an opportunity to network.

About the BfR

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is a scientific institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). It advises the Federal Government and Federal Laender on questions of food, chemical and product safety. The BfR conducts its own research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks.

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