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Benefit-risk assessment for food: an iterative value-of-information approach

Objective

Food safety and risks are a highly sensitive area. Recent food crises have shown that risks related to food must be dealt with in a sophisticated and scientifically justifiable manner. This project will utilise a benefit-risk approach with an iterative top-down approach to explore risks of food and its contaminants. An essential part of the work is to develop and use integrated methods to evaluate both the risks and health benefits related to any given food item. Decision analytical methods will be used to find out the critical uncertainties for decision-making. Other advancements in the project will be to work on existing databases of food intake and nutrients, and food consumption studies in several European countries, while most previous work has been on national level. The data will be integrated and its applicability to other countries will be studied. This information will be combined to chemical contaminant measurements for an exposure assessment of both nutrients and contaminants. Variability between subpopulations (area, gender, age) will be especially addressed. Health effects of contaminants and nutrients will be estimated by using new methods (to be developed in this project) integrating both epidemiological and toxicological data. Results and methods will be actively disseminated using a new Internet interface and other means, and feedback will be collected during the project. Major advancements in benefit-risk analysis require highly interdisciplinary work with epidemiologists, toxicologists, nutrition scientists, exposure assessors, risk analysts, and authorities. All these disciplines are represented in this project by several partners. We also have good contacts with potential sources of data in different parts of Europe, and with ongoing or proposed EU projects. End-users and authorities will be involved from the beginning thus improving the science-policy interface, and ensuring that the work has both scientific and societal relevance.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-FOOD-3-B
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Coordinator

TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS (NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE)
Address
Mannerheimintie 166
Helsinki
Finland

Participants (7)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Address
Julianalaan 134
Delft
OY FOODFILES LTD
Finland
Address
Neulaniementie 2 L6
Kuopio
FOOD SAFETY AUTHORITY OF IRELAND
Ireland
Address
Abbey Court, Lower Abbey Street
Dublin
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK
Denmark
Address
Anker Engelunds Vej 1
Kgs Lyngby
DANISH VETERINARY AND FOOD ADMINISTRATION
Denmark
Address
Morkhoj Bygade 19
Soborg
LENDAC DATA SYSTEMS LTD
Ireland
Address
Unit 6 Trinity Enterprise Centre, Pearse Street
Dublin 2
FUNDACIÓN PRIVADA PARA LA INVESTIGACIÓN NUTRICIONAL
Spain
Address
Calabria 273 Entl.1a
Barcelona