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Media diary note: 6th efsa scientific colloquium Risk-Benefit Analysis of Foods: methods and approaches
Last updated: 19 luglio 2006    
Publication Date: 6 luglio 2006    

13-14 July 2006, Tabiano – Italy

6th efsa scientific colloquium :Risk-Benefit Analysis of Foods: methods and approaches - 13-14 July 2006, Tabiano (Parma) – Italy

What are the future frontiers in risk assessment? Until now, the assessment of possible risks associated with foods and diets has usually been carried out independently from an evaluation of their related health benefits. Yet everyday, public health authorities and food regulators must make recommendations and take decisions which require the weighing up of risks and benefits. For instance the addition of folic acid to foods can help reduce the risk of neural tube defects by helping women of child bearing age to reach recommended dietary intakes, would higher levels in the diet be beneficial to the whole population? Fish are a valuable source of protein, minerals and vitamins and oily fish in particular are rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), which are beneficial for heart health. But how much fish can people safely eat without the benefits being outweighed by possible risks associated with the presence of environmental pollutants such as dioxins and PCBs? Can scientists define a common unit or currency to quantify and compare risks and benefits associated with certain foods or dietary patterns?

EFSA would like to stimulate an open scientific debate on approaches, methods and tools available today and thereby help to move forward the scientific basis for the analysis, from a health perspective, of the risks and benefits associated with foods and diets. 100 leading international scientists in the fields of nutrition, microbiology and toxicology will meet on 13-14 July near Parma to take part in the 6th EFSA Scientific Colloquium to exchange views and assist EFSA in defining its policy and approach on this important subject.


Opportunities for the Media

Attendance at the introductory plenary session, round table discussion with scientists and cocktail with the EFSA Director of Science, the EFSA Director of Communications and EFSA Press Officers. Please see media programme and registration form below.

More information about the EFSA Colloquium at: http:/

For registration and further information on how to reach the venue please contact:
Julia Rüter, Communications Department: Tel: +39 0521 036 477 – Fax: +39 0521 036 577; e-mail: