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During recent years several new important scientific developments have emerged with significant future implications for food production and food safety –and with direct impact upon the future food chain transparency and food safety solutions.

The recent meeting on strengthening INFOSAN and national food safety systems in Asia, convened by the WHO in collaboration with FAO (Hong Kong SAR, Nov. 2015), stated that more work is needed to consider the globalization and increased complexity of the food chain, and the potential application of new technologies. The Meeting also called for strengthening INFOSAN and national food safety systems in Asia with emphasis on foodborne disease surveillance, laboratory capacity and multisectoral coordination.

The potential linkage between Authorities related to food safety and food production regulatory action and Science institutions(primarily Universities) in the region would enable a faster and more consistent introduction of new international science-based developments in this area. Likewise the internationally adopted (WHO and FAO) Food Safety Risk Analysis principles suggests independent scientific advice as the basis for food safety risk management and food control. The rapid rise of food science and applied technologies in the Asia region opens new possibilities for regional collaboration in support of scientific and regulatory development. The recent creation of the Asean Risk Assessment Centre (ARAC) is but one example of such developments.

The meeting would focus on four – partially inter-related – major subjects where new scientific developments are already at this stage resulting in major changes to food science and food regulatory systems in Europe and the Americas. The direct interaction between regulatory authorities and science/research agencies and institutions has developed rapidly in both the EU and the US systems and are generally supported by the relevant international Organizations in this area (WHO and FAO).

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