The food safety risk analysis consortium


On August 3 and 4, 2017, a planning meeting was organized to create the Food Safety Risk Analysis Consortium at the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) of the University of Maryland. A group of members from international organizations and universities from the United States met to agree on a coordinated plan of action to develop capacities in the analysis of risks in food safety in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. This meeting was promoted by the 7th Meeting of the Pan-American Commission on Food Safety (COPAIA 7), where all the organizations of the consortium signed an agreement on the development of risk analysis capabilities approved by all the countries of the Americas.

The meeting was led by Fernando Sampedro of the University of Minnesota and attended: Clare Narrod (University of Maryland), Bing Wang (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Marcos Sánchez (Texas Tech University), Simone Raszl (OPS), Nancy Villegas ( OIRSA) and Marisa Caipo (FAO). As observers of the meeting were Mansi Krishan (ILSI North America) and Eduardo Cervantes (ILSI Mexico), June Dea (FDA) and Elisabetta Lambertini (RTI)..

General objetive:

Formalize a consortium and establish a coordinated plan for the development of capacities in the analysis of risks in food safety between international organizations and academic institutions, which will allow governments and academic institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean to use approaches based on In science to protect public health, train the next generation of food safety professionals in risk analysis approaches and promote safe trade to achieve sustainable food systems.

Specific objectives:

a) Develop a training program in risk analysis of food safety (either online and / or in person) for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

b) Create a cadre of trainers in the analysis of food safety risks in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean who can continue to train other professionals in their representative countries.

c) Establish collaboration programs in other areas of mutual interest in relation to food safety and risk analysis.

d) Exchange information related to food safety and risk analysis.

Members of the Consortium:

  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of Maryland
  • University for International Cooperation
  • University of Texas
  • IICA
  • FAO
  • WHO
  • FDA