Recent efforts by
the various actors in animal production have led to significant
progress in the control and prevention of animal diseases. However,
intensive animal production systems are prone to the accumulation of
many pathogens that pose a variable risk to both animals and humans.
Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that a human pathogen can
also have a major impact on animal production systems.
The aim of the symposium is not
so much to focus on the classical themes of prevention and control of
animal diseases, but rather to try to give an image of the challenges
facing animal food production. Themes such as food safety,
sustainability, economy and the digital revolution are all addressed.
This symposium is challenging and future-oriented and fits within the
broad context of preserving and safeguarding the health of food
producing animals and thus of the consumer (One Health) while taking
into account the societal challenges faced by operators, sectors and
government. The theme creates both the opportunity to draw lessons from
past (animal) health crises and to present new insights into animal
production methods and the challenges associated with them.
The symposium is intended for an (inter)national audience of
risk assessors, risk managers, policy makers, researchers,
stakeholders, producers, consumers and students.