Advancing risk assessment science

Biological hazards


Wednesday, 19 September 2018 / 13:45 - 17:30

Globalisation encompasses the spread and movement of people, animals, food and feed around the planet. Advances in transport and communication technology have intensified the rate of globalisation in the last decade. This increasingly globalised trade in food and feed is associated with the “trade” of hazards and risk. Tracing those threats will be challenging due to the increased complexity of the food supply chain.

This session focuses on biological hazards/threats at global scale and considers the challenges to risk assessment, from a One Health perspective. Three topics – vector-borne zoonoses, microorganisms intentionally introduced to the food chain, and antimicrobial resistance – will be used to illustrate the challenges ahead. The opportunities that new methodologies, such as Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), can offer will be explored and disseminated.


Mike Catchpole European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Marta Hugas European Food Safety Authority
13:45 -13:50

Opening of session and welcome

Marta Hugas

European Food Safety Authority
13:50 -14:25

Spam’s Labyrinth: Impact of globalisation on foodborne disease

David Waltner-Toews

University of Guelph

Molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria causing food-borne human infections: What do we know, what should we find out?

Alessandra Carattoli

National Institute of Health

Promoting wastewater reuse for irrigation in agriculture: What are the main environmental and health risks that we need to address?

Despo Fatta-Kassinos

University of Cyprus
15:15 -15:45 Coffee break

Vector-borne diseases in Europe: What can we expect and how well are we prepared?

Jolyon Medlock

Public Health England

Next generation sequencing as a tool in foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak investigation – Challenges and opportunities

Peter Gerner-Smidt

Center for Diseases Control and Prevention

Moderated Panel discussion

Moderator: Mike Catchpole

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control


Ernesto Liebana

European Food Safety Authority

Nikolaus Kriz

European Food Safety Authority

Tobin Robinson

European Food Safety Authority

Wrap up – Concluding remarks

Marta Hugas

European Food Safety Authority
17:30-18:00 Poster exhibit and poster pitches


Winy Messens European Food Safety Authority
Ana Afonso European Food Safety Authority
Jaime Aguilera European Food Safety Authority
Sofie Dhollander European Food Safety Authority
Pietro Stella European Food Safety Authority

Full programme