SAFE FOODS: Promoting Food Safety through a New Integrated Risk Analysis Approach for Foods

Recent food safety incidents and the introduction of genetically modified foods in Europe have resulted in an intense public debate regarding the safety of the European food supply. Consumers have little confidence in the safety of their food supply and remain sceptical and distrustful of the management procedures currently in place.

The overall objective of the SAFE FOODS model is to change the scope of decision-making on food safety from single risks to considering foods as sources of risks, benefits and costs that are associated with their production and consumption, and taking into account the social context in which decisions are made.