EFSA Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment on Salmonella in Pigs: call for data

8 June 2008

After a request from the European Commission for a scientific opinion on “Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment on Salmonella in slaughter and breeder pigs” (EFSA-Q-2006-176) the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) asked its Panel on Biological Hazards to address this request. EFSA launched a Call for proposals in the framework of the Article 36 of its founding regulation. The awarded consortium of EU institutions is carrying out a quantitative microbiological risk assessment (QMRA) for Salmonella in pigs with the objective to estimate the contribution of EU pig meat production to the burden of Salmonellosis in the EU and to consider the effectiveness of a range of intervention measures across the food chain (from farm to consumption). The Biological Hazards Panel will adopt an opinion based on the report developed by the consortium.

Quantitative risk assessments depend heavily on the availability of good quality data. Published literature and other relevant sources of information are taken into consideration but data gaps still remain. Therefore, the awarded consortium (VLA, RIVM, FOOD-DTU) is organising a workshop in Copenhagen on the 23rd-24th April 2008 with the objective to discuss the quality and relevance of data in terms of its applicability to the EFSA risk assessment. More information on this workshop can be found on the EFSA website.

In addition, the awarded consortium has produced a call for data, which identifies existing data gaps along the farm-to-consumption chain that are crucial to the development, and eventual accuracy, of the risk assessment. The data to be submitted could be published or unpublished data, industry data, and/or expert opinion.

As such, EFSA invites interested parties to suggest studies/field/monitoring data including data from e.g. HACCP control programs that may provide results that will fill the specific data gaps. The call for data is organised by the major stages of the farm-to-consumption chain: farm & transport, slaughter, processing, distribution & retail and preparation & consumption. Even if you are an expert in one particular stage of pig meat production, we still encourage you to look at the other stages.

For ease of use the document has been set up in a questionnaire style. At this stage the attachment of full datasets are not necessary: you can simply give a brief summary of the data available, along with an accompanying reference or contact point. However, please make clear (by referencing report/paper) whether the information given is opinion or data. If no data or opinion is available please leave question blank.

18 March 2008