The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will host a scientific colloquium in Lisbon, Portugal on October 15-16, 2020 focusing on a coordinated approach to assess the human health risks of micro- and nanoplastics in food. (The event has been postponed from the originally planned dates of June 8-9, 2020.) There is an open call for abstracts to be considered for inclusion, and submissions are due before January 31, 2020. EFSA has identified microplastics in food as a topic of increasing concern among EU citizens and launched a call for more data in 2016. The colloquium will include presentation and discussion groups specifically focusing on questions related to:
- “Risk assessment: what data gaps need filling to allow risk assessments for health?
- “Society: what is driving public concerns and what can help us to understand people’s risk perceptions?”
The event will also have a poster session and aims to bring stakeholders together to understand the current state of research and develop synergies. Registration for the event is reported to be opened in February 2020.
Chemical Watch (January 23, 2020). “EFSA to host forum on human health risks of nano and microplastics in food.” Chemical Watch