RIVM: framework for establishing food safety standards

29 March 2018

RIVM has developed a framework Socio-Economic Assessment of regulatory measures on Toxic Substances in food: SEATS, to broaden the decision-making process in regard to food safety standards by including criteria other than just the hazardous properties of substances.
SEATS combines a cost-benefit analysis with societal concerns as for example risk perception, uncertainty and trust. SEATS was tested in two case studies (lead and pesticides) in which the impact of lowering the food safety standard was investigated. The cases showed that the methodology of the SEATS framework works well for unambiguous and transparent determination of food safety standards (RIVM Website, 6 March 2018).
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