The Expert Group on a Post-Accident Food Safety Framework (EGFSF) held its virtual kick-off meeting on 2 June 2022. Established under the auspices of the Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) to work on a tangible and operational methodology based on the 2014 report “Framework for the Post-accident Management of Contaminated Food”, the group discussed the work carried out in this area over the past ten years and agreed on the first steps in the implementation of its mandate.
During his opening remarks to the newly created group, NEA Director-General William D. Magwood, IV, stated that this topic has been of high interest to the CRPPH for a long time and underlined the emotional nature of the debate that was conducted around food safety following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. He highlighted the need of a science-based international approach to rebuild confidence in the safety of food in such situations, and the EGFSF’s potential to provide those who produce food with arguing means to assert that their products are safe.
The EGFSF focuses on developing a neutral, internationally recognised methodology, based on scientific assessments and reviewed by a panel of international experts to solve some of the remaining challenges in the field of food safety. More information about the EGFSF and its programme of work.