Food and feed safety vulnerabilities in circular economy

10 Jun 2021
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As part of its work on enabling regulatory and policy drivers (e.g. Circular Economy Action Plan, Integrated Nutrient Management Plan, Farm to Fork Strategy, new Water Reuse Regulation, European Bioeconomy Strategy, Single Use Plastics Directive, etc.), the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) is undertaking a 2-year project on “Food and feed safety vulnerabilities in circular economy”

One aspect of this project involves conducting a literature review to gather and evaluate evidence of vulnerabilities in the circular economy approach to food/feed safety, plant, animal and human health and the environment. As a new driver, the implementation of circular economy approaches might introduce a set of emerging risks, understood as risks resulting from a newly identified hazard to which significant exposure may occur, or from unexpected new or increased significant exposure and/or susceptibility to a known hazard.

A set of circular economy areas and practices which might pose risks to food/feed safety and the environment has already been identified. In order to target the next steps of the literature search, EFSA is launching a survey to complement and prioritise these areas according to predefined criteria. Based on the findings of the survey, selected emerging risks related to circular economy practices will be described in detail in the subsequent steps of the project.

You are encouraged to participate in the survey, which will be open until Monday, 21 June.