The IAFP conference is one of the largest gatherings of food safety professionals worldwide. It provides a platform for industry, academic and governmental food safety professionals to exchange knowledge, present their latest findings, discuss emerging issues and share best practices in food safety. The conference typically offers lectures, scientific sessions, workshops, poster sessions and exhibitions on a wide range of topics including foodborne pathogens, food microbiology, food processing, food risk assessment and food safety management systems.
At the conference, Ákos Jóźwiak presented the latest results of our work to identify emerging risks. The systematic screening of emerging risks in the food chain is essential to protect consumer health, but the timely identification of risks is not a trivial task due to lack of data and information. By creating automated or semi-automated algorithms, a large amount of information can be pre-processed to help experts to identify the actual risks that arise and need further assessment. The conference provided an overview of possible data analysis approaches that can be used to screen emerging risks and presented a practical process management system.
Using these methods, 58 emerging risks were identified in 10 themes for 2020 and 2021, focusing on Hungary and the European Union. The main objective is to help authorities and industry actors to be prepared and act in time to avoid or mitigate future risks. The experience and limitations of the system and future directions are also presented.
In the poster session, Szilveszter Csorba presented the results achieved in the project "Full digitalisation of the rabbit meat production chain", in which correlation analysis was used to investigate the relationship between individual mortalities and environmental parameters in production. The poster also covered the importance of data preparation and the planned analysis and development processes.