European Commission praises Expo “lesson”

“Strong legacy” for food safety research.

As a direct result of its scientific programme at Expo Milan 2015, the EU has produced a set of expert recommendations on the role of science and research in improving food and nutrition security.

The advice will ensure a strong legacy from the European Commission's presence at Expo, dedicated to the theme of global food and nutrition challenges, said a statement from the Commission.

As a central recommendation, the Commission’s scientific committee calls on the EU to establish an international panel of experts on food and nutrition security to strengthen research efforts.

Other findings include the need to raise greater awareness of food security issues among policy makers and consumers, and to improve collaboration between farmers, research institutions, governments and industry, and stimulate innovation across the food chain – from farm to plate – through EU funding.

Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, who coordinated the EU presence at EXPO, said: "Continuous scientific progress is needed to help us ensure safe and nutritious food for all."