In coordination with the EFSA Advisory Forum, the Belgian Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and the Environment is hosting a series of  round tables on the role of science in the formulation of food-safety policy.

In most cases, EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) decisions to protect consumers from Food Safety risks are based on scientific evidence. Sometimes there is uncertainty, which leads to the precautionary principle being applied. These concepts are enshrined in European Union law – Regulation (EC) No 178/2002.

These discussions, which we will cover on our Weblog, will be a useful introduction for American readers to the Precautionary Principle.

We attach a write-up on the discussions forum (French only) and also attach a copy of Reg (EC) No 178/2002 which established the EFSA and mandates the application of the Precautionary Principle.