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In his lecture, Dr. Schlundt discussed global food safety regulatory and policy challenges including the need for international policy alignment and lowering disease burden through incremental improvements at national or regional levels, and the use of new methodologies to attain dramatic improvement. He explored how, in some countries new experience is now building as per improving the food safety level and lowering the food-borne disease burden. While the last decade has seen a new focus on scientifically-based risk assessment and policy-decisions based upon this, the future will see a new focus on the reals disease burden as it relates to specific pathogens as well as specific pathogen-food combinations. Prof. Schlundt described how, using new methods to type microorganisms in animals, food, and man, it will be possible to attribute disease to a source and thereby suggest efficient solutions. At the same time such solutions will result in incremental improvements of the food safety situation in different regions, leading to the potential sharing of good experience and thereby disease reduction at national, regional and global level.