Abstracts: ISEE 20th Annual Conference, Pasadena, California, October 12–16, 2008: Symposium Abstracts
The “farm to the fork” approach to address food safety issues has been recently evolving into an “environment to consumer” approach. There many environmental factors that affect food and feed safety, such as soil, air and water pollution from industrial emissions/effluents, contamination with urban/farm sewage, chemicals used in agriculture, etc. Food can also be contaminated during storage, processing, distribution, commercialization, handling and consumption. At the same time, current food production systems (agriculture, animal farming, aquaculture, fisheries, etc.) have an impact on environmental health and emerging zoonosis. Global issues such as climate change and international agriculture and trade policies further determine global food safety. This session will present current trends on foodborne diseases and updated data on chemical and microbiological food contamination worldwide. Emerging food and environmental risks from new technologies such as biotechnology or nanotechnology, will be addressed considering risk and benefit issues. Current needs of data for food microbiological and chemical risk assessment and safety assessment of new technologies by international bodies to protect health and the environment and facilitate trade will be discussed.