EFSA, FDA Strengthen Cooperation In Food Safety Science

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European Food Safety Authority and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed the first U.S./European agreement in the area of assessing food safety risk.

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This is the first formal international cooperation agreement EFSA has signed and the first formal step in cooperation between the two bodies.

"I am delighted to be signing this agreement today with the FDA. Food safety knows no national boundaries and the food chain is today truly a global one," said Catherine Geslain-Laneelle, EFSA's Executive Director. "We need to work with the best scientific minds from across the world and extend scientific co-operation to assess food safety risks and protect consumers even more. Sharing data and knowledge across our two organizations is an important first step in achieving this goal."

"As a science-based and science-led agency, FDA recognizes that scientific cooperation is vital for the success of its mission, which is to provide the best possible health protection for the public," said Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drugs. "I welcome this opportunity for scientific exchanges with our European colleagues

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