The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has held an online workshop on crisis preparedness, giving attention to fast-evolving, largescale foodborne disease outbreaks.

Sixty-three participants attended plenary and/or working group activity sessions across two days.

During the first day, there was a two-hour discussion exercise on incident response in the case of a fast-evolving, largescale foodborne disease outbreak. The fictional scenario was based on a situation where a novel pathogenic virus similar to SARS-CoV-2 turned out to be transmissible in certain food products.

EFSA’s Focal Point Network (FPN) members are from 27 EU member states, Iceland and Norway, as well as
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