The European Food Safety Authority’s advisory forum is backing plans for the establishment of a European food consumption survey that would collect food consumption data at the level of individuals.

Currently, EU scientists rely on food consumption data collected at the national level, and data collection methods may vary between countries. The advisory forum said in a press release that the pan-European survey would help the Food Safety Authority better understand consumption patterns and their relationship to health, provide a more rapid and reliable risk assessment and help risk managers take more appropriate actions to protect consumers.

The advisory forum brings together national food safety agencies from the 27 EU member states.