The Galician Network of Emerging Risks in Food Safety was born in 2017 as an opportunity to channel the knowledge of various food safety experts from the Galician autonomous community. It is formed by a multidisciplinary working group with a high synergic potential, with the capacity to develop research lines that allow designing preventive strategies that increase consumer safety and strengthen the competitiveness of the Galician industrial sector.
The Galician network RISEGAL's mission is to identify new "emerging" risks for food security along the chain of food produced or marketed in Galicia and propose actions to ensure its healthiness.
RISEGAL also has the collaboration of the agri-food sector of Galicia, through the Food Cluster of Galicia (CLUSAGA) and the Galician Network of Public Health Surveillance (RGVSP), responsible for monitoring and controlling the health problems of the Galician population.
RISEGAL obtained financial assistance, in a competitive competition system, from the Galician Innovation Agency (GAIN) for the creation of this scientific platform that was born with a projection of the future and expansion at a national and international level.
The main objectives of the project are:
- Compile existing knowledge about emerging risks in food security and define gaps and specific needs of the Autonomous Community of Galicia.
- Identify emerging chemical and microbiological risks that may compromise food security in Galicia.
- Identify the drivers of emerging risks in food security in Galicia, with special attention to climate change, the economic crisis, changes in consumption habits, the aging of the population, resistance to antibiotics, globalization and migration, among others.
- Examine the emerging risks identified through the combination of exploratory studies in real time and prospective or future studies to predict future risk scenarios and estimate their social, economic and environmental impact.
- Propose recommendations and solutions or actions with scientific-technical basis that allow to foresee the potential risks or reduce them to acceptable levels.