OTTAWA, March 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Health Canada and France's Agency for
Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) signed a
new framework cooperation agreement on January 15, 2013. This agreement
reinforces the long-standing relations between the two agencies and
follows the cooperation agreement signed in July 2008.
Information sharing on a range of health issues increases the
authorities' ability to respond to emerging issues. Through this
agreement, both organizations acknowledge that they take similar
approaches to assessment of food safety risks and that they therefore
benefit from strengthening their scientific cooperation.
This partnership will take concrete form through the implementation of
various activities such as regular exchanges of data and information,
welcoming scientific collaborators and taking joint action—for example,
putting out joint publications on subjects such as the chemical or
microbiological safety of food, allergens in food and the nutritional
quality of food.
The past few years have seen regular exchanges between the two agencies,
including on the subject of bisphenol A and the nutritional benefits
and risks of intense sweeteners.
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and
Safety conducts missions in the areas of surveillance, expert
appraisal, research and reference in a wide range of fields, including
human health, animal health and well-being, and plant health. It
provides a cross-functional perspective on health issues and can
identify, overall, the risks to which people are exposed through their
lifestyles and consumption patterns, as well as through the
characteristics of their environment, including in the workplace.
The cooperation agreement between ANSES and Health Canada's Food
Directorate reflects an international cooperation development strategy
being conducted by the Agency.
To learn more, go to www.anses.fr
About the Food Directorate
The Food Directorate is Canada's federal health authority responsible
for setting food safety standards and providing advice and information
on the safety and nutritional value of foods. It carries out its
mandate through coordinated programs of scientific research,
surveillance, pre-market assessment and regulatory activities in
various areas, such as chemical and microbiological contaminants in
food, food additives, food processing, new foods and nutrition.
To learn more about Health Canada's Food Directorate, go to http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/branch-dirgen/hpfb-dgpsa/fd-da/index-eng.php
SOURCE: Health Canada
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