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Report of the 2011 IV Crisis Simulation Exercise


The present document has been produced and adopted by the bodies identified above as authors. In accordance with Article 36 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002, this task has been carried out exclusively by the authors in the context of a grant agreement between the European Food Safety Authority and the authors. The present document is published complying with the transparency principle to which the European Food Safety Authority is subject. It may not be considered as an output adopted by EFSA. EFSA reserves its rights, view and position as regards the issues addressed and the conclusions reached in the present document, without prejudice to the rights of the authors.


As a part of improving risk preparedness, EFSA organised the IV crisis simulation exercise involving the participation of a number of key stakeholders to identify the best way to deal with the consequences of a new biohazard contaminating the feed/food chain. The main aims of the exercise were to enable the EFSA to rehearse its information management and exchange, and log keeping procedures. This report reviews the simulation exercise and provides recommendations for improvement to better prepare the EFSA for responding to crises.