BIOSAFE summer school at EFSA

A group of 27 PhD students from 15 countries including Tunisia, the USA, EU pre-accession and EU countries spent two days in June at EFSA as part of a summer school on biological food safety. The BIOSAFE summer school was a joint initiative of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and the Università degli Studi di Milano, in cooperation with EFSA. The two-week programme offered training in food safety, with particular focus on the assessment of biological risks in the food chain. EFSA supported the school by hosting two days of lectures delivered by EFSA scientists at its premises in Parma. The students learned about a wide range of issues related to food risk assessment including: the scientific principles and methodology of food-related biological risk assessment, risk ranking of biological hazards, insects in food and feed, systematic literature reviews, risk communication, crisis preparedness and crisis communications. The students tested their newly acquired knowledge in two interactive simulation exercises.