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Global commodity chains: The numerous stations to greater feed and food safety

15/2024, 17.05.2024

International conference on commodity chains in risk assessment

How can the origin of foodborne disease outbreaks be identified and traced? How is information on the history of food and feed collected, processed and used for risk assessment? And which role does artificial intelligence play for food safety in global commodity chains? These are some of the questions that will be addressed during the international conference “Global commodity chains from a risk assessment perspective” from 27 to 29 May 2024. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), which has been working on the topic of global commodity chains for a long time, is the organiser of this event and is offering a platform for (inter)national experts to learn from each other. “Analysing global commodity chains and their dynamics is of central importance for consumer health protection. Thanks to regular exchanges with national and international stakeholders, the BfR is gathering more and more knowledge about global commodity chains and their risks for feed and food safety”, says BfR president Professor Dr Dr Dr h.c. Andreas Hensel. The event will focus on innovative techniques and digital solutions for integrating data and knowledge about hazards, exposures and technologies in global commodity chains.

Programme and registration:

Over the three days of the conference, international experts from the fields of feed and food chains, digitalisation and consumer health protection will come together to exchange views on current developments. The aim is to develop visions for improved risk assessment along the feed and food chain. The importance of the topic of commodity chains will be considered from different perspectives.

Nine different sessions will focus on topics such as traceability, fraud, food safety, early warning, technologies, analytical methods and classification systems along the global supply chain. Participants from all over the world will give presentations and share their knowledge.

The conference will be opened by guest perspectives of representatives of authorities from France (Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l'alimentation, de l'environnement et du travail, ANSES) and South Korea (National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation, NIFDS). The exchange between the BfR and the two partner institutions takes place every two years on specific key topics of risk assessment, this year as part of the commodity chain conference.

About the BfR

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is a scientifically independent institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agri-culture (BMEL) in Germany. The BfR advises the Federal Government and the States (‘Laender’) on questions of food, chemicals and product safety. The BfR conducts independent research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks.

This text version is a translation of the original German text which is the only legally binding version.


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