Global trade with stakeholders in many different countries makes the management of food safety extremely difficult. Concerns have emerged regarding the safety of fresh produce in response to recent outbreaks and alerts linked to fresh produce and derived food products.

The food safety challenges raised by climate related changes highlight the need for timely scientific advice in order to guide risk management decisions. Building the capacity to educate farmers, requires processes for the implementation of preventive food safety management programs.

Risk assessment is the appropriate tool to provide the link between hazard control and consumer risk. Pro-active model development is necessary. Variability in supply chains is a challenge for risk assessment requiring appropriate data collection.

Moreover the objective of no compromise in food safety for European consumers while respecting food sovereignty principles, poses ethical problems. Further building on scientific excellence by collaboration with all stakeholders is necessary in order to assure a high level of protection of human health.
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