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Asia Pacific: China, Denmark partner on food safety knowledge exchange


The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) have on April 25, 2014, signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen knowledge exchange between both countries on food safety.

The agreement will establish a platform for research collaboration between Chin and Denmark.

The intention is for DTU Food and CFSA to exchange experience and to work together in the fields of risk assessment, monitoring of risks and risk communication, as well as nutritional studies and evaluations.

The organizations will, for example, set up shared research programs, exchange research results and provide supplementary education courses within relevant fields.

Partnership benefits

“Our Chinese partners stand to gain from DTU Food’s experience regarding risk assessment of foods and nutritional studies, while we have the opportunity to forge strong links in the Chinese research environment,” said Jørgen Schlundt, director of DTU Food.

DTU said the agreement can be viewed as recognition of how highly Danish food safety, research and risk assessments in the field are regarded.

“The agreement demonstrates that DTU Food’s research-based risk assessments are held in high esteem at international level,” said Schlundt.

“This also applies to the farm-to-fork approach, combined with a clear separation of risk assessment and risk management in Denmark, where a good working relationship between authorities, researchers and the industry has limited a variety of food safety issues in the country, including salmonella and antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in Danish foods.”