2.3 Risk Communication

Food Risk Communication

In Risk Analysis, different types of communication are important. Technical discussions occur between managers, assessors and stakeholders in the private sectors. Communication between risk managers, the public and private sectors is very important when deciding the best way to manage risks and when implementing decisions. This discussion can include economical, social and ethical issues.

Good Risk Communication needs to be assured in order to make adequate decisions. Original Risk Communication strategies worked top-down, for instance from a regulator to the public. At present, a Risk Communication dialogue, which encourages public and stakeholder participation, is preferred.    

The task of Risk Communication is shared between the Commission and EFSA, with EFSA being required by the General Food Law to cooperate with the Commission and Member States. Furthermore, in practice it is expected from EFSA to confine its communications to questions of scientific assessment and not to intrude into questions of risk management.


  • Codex Alimentarius
  • WHO
  • J. L. Jouve, M. F. Stringer and A.C. Baird Parker (1998) “Food Safety Management Tools”, April, ILSI