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A 10-year EFSA controversy: Time to tackle industry bias and reclaim food safety! Conference in Parma

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Date: 
Monday, November 12, 2012 - 16:00

Corporate Europe Observatory, Via Campesina, the Italian GMO Task Force and FIRAB invite you to a citizens' conference on 12 November in Parma, Italy, for EFSA’s 10th anniversary, in parallel to EFSA's official celebrations. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has come under criticism over the influence of industry and the effect this has on the Authority's independence. There have even been suggestions of regulatory capture. The EU has also been criticised for the way in which it carries out risk management for GMOs as well as of various substances that end up in our food, such as pesticides and additives.

This citizens' conference will discuss the governance of EFSA and the science and expertise needed to protect public health and the environment. We hope to bring together concrete proposals and ideas for a real change in EFSA and our food system.


12 November 2012: 16.00 – 19.30
Aula Magna Economy Faculty, University of Parma, Via Kennedy, Parma, Italy

Programme

• Moderator: Prof. Gianni Tamino (Scientific Committee FIRAB, Italy)

I° session: Problems surrounding EFSA: conflicts of interest and use of industry science

Andrea Ferrante, Via Campesina Europa (Italy)
Nina Holland, Corporate Europe Observatory (Belgium)
Monica Frassoni, Co-President of the European Green Party 

II° session: Case studies

EFSA's GMO risk assessment flaws: Christoph Then, TestBiotech (Germany)
When aspartame is tested independently: Fiorella Belpoggi, Fondazione Ramazzini (Italy)

III° session: Political Roundtable: solutions for a sustainable food system and a more reliable EFSA

José Bové, Green Group of the European Parliament (France)
Jose Manuel Benitez, COAG (Spain)
Representative of the Italian anti-GMO Task Force
Christophe Morvan, Fondation Sciences Citoyennes (France)
Cinzia Scaffidi, Italian anti-GMO Taskforce 


Translation will be provided from and to Italian, English, French and Spanish.

More information:
Luca Colombo, FIRAB, <l.colombo@firab.it>
Nina Holland, CEO, <nina@corporateeurope.org>

 

 

 

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