Expert workshop on Food Safety Governance

Expert workshop on Food Safety Governance

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As part of the IRGC International conference on the theme of ‘From Crisis Management to Risk Governance’, IRGC organised  jointly with Tsinghua University andSwissnex China,  an expert workshop on Food Safety Governance.

The overall objective of this expert workshop is to contribute science-based knowledge for improved food safety governance. It brought together different perspectives from science, public administration and regulation, and industry. The central theme is how changes in food safety governance have contributed to building trust and what approaches and mechanisms are further needed to increase trust. Trust is chosen as one of challenges that the various risk- management approaches and regulations seek to address. In particular, speakers addressed how different countries deal with the regulatory challenges of food safety – with a focus on China in comparison to other perspectives.

Workshop Agenda

Welcome and introduction from the Chairs:

Chengyu ZHAN, China University of Political Science and Law
Marie-Valentine FLORIN, IRGC
Kai KOTTENSTEDE, Swissnex China
Ortwin RENN, University of Stuttgart; IRGC

Session 1 – Confidence and trust building in food safety governance

• Introductory remarks: Ortwin RENN, University of Stuttgart; IRGC
The Importance of trust in international food safety risk governance
Peng LIU, Renmin University of China
The Pathology of Trust Deficiency and its Rebuilding in China’s Food Safety Regulation

Session 2 – Roles of institutions and public regulation

• Introductory remarks: Kai KOTTENSTEDE, Swissnex China
Food Safety Regulation in Europe
Ning LI,China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA)
Food Safety Risk Surveillance and Assessment in China
• Panel discussion on food safety regulation with speakers and other experts

Session 3 – Standards and the role of industry in food safety governance

Reto BATTAGLIA, Food Safety Consultant
Certificates: Use and Abuse of Food Safety Standards
Huang BIN, Certification and Accreditation Administration, P.R. China (CNCA)
The Application of HACCP and Food Defense Plan in Food Facility
Xuefeng DI, Corporate Quality Management, Nestlé China
Food Safety Risk Management in Nestlé China

• Panel discussion on multi-stakeholder food safety governance with speakers and other experts:
Megan TRACY, James Madison University


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