Last week, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced a set of food safety research priorities the agency plans to focus on for the next 5–10 years.  

The plans—laid out in an editorial article entitled Food Safety Regulatory Research Needs 2030 and published in the EFSA Journallook at how research can stimulate innovation and how science can be communicated effectively to society. They also considered issues such as the provision of safe food for a growing world population. The authors’ recommendations will inform EFSA’s research agendas and strategy.

The three overarching research streams will be:

  1. Safe Food Systems: Improve food safety while moving towards alternative and sustainable production systems
  2. Innovation in Risk Assessment: Anticipating impact of innovations and new technologies on integrated risk assessment
  3. Holistic Risk Assessment: Understanding the context, delivery, and communication of impactful science

Each research stream is accompanied by detailed explanations of associated themes and impacts. EFSA’s Food Safety Regulatory Research Needs 2030 can be read online at

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