We recently spoke to Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, Executive Director of The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which was set up by the European Union in 2002 as an “an independent source of scientific advice and communication on risks associated with the food chain”. Ms Geslain-Lanéelle told us about EFSA’s remit, workload and resources; and went on to emphasise the importance of science in the agency’s work, and the difficulties involved in balancing the health of farmers and the need for farmer to be able to deal with pests.

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