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European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) - Articles and news items

Pesticide residues in food: risk to consumers remains low

Industry news  •  1 November 2016  •  EFSA

Ninety-seven per cent of food samples collected in the European Union are free of pesticide residues or contain traces that are within legal limits…

EFSA comes to conclusion on titanium dioxide

Industry news  •  14 September 2016  •  New Food

EFSA has completed its re-evaluation of all food colours including titanium dioxide, permitted for use in the European Union before 2009…

EFSA assesses the impact of time and temperature on meat spoilage

Industry news  •  30 June 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

EFSA has assessed the impact of time and temperature on the growth of spoilage bacteria in fresh beef, pork, lamb and poultry…

EFSA issues statement on microplastics and nanoplastics in food

Industry news  •  24 June 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

In releasing a statement, the EFSA has taken a first step towards a future assessment of the potential risks of microplastics and nanoplastics in food…

EFSA reports 2014 data for veterinary drug residues in animals and food

Industry news  •  26 May 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

EFSA has reported data from 2014 for a range of veterinary medicines and contaminants found in animals and animal-derived food…

Potential health concerns over glycerol-based process contaminants in foods

Industry news  •  9 May 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

The EFSA has said that the exposure to glycidyl fatty acid esters of babies consuming infant formula is a ‘particular concern’…

EFSA calls for more data on sulphites to ‘fully confirm’ safety

Industry news  •  15 April 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

EFSA recommends that the temporary group acceptable daily intake for sulphites should be re-evaluated within five years when new data is available…

Glyphosate should be authorised for just 7 years and professional use only

Industry news  •  14 April 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

Because of concerns over the carcinogenicity of glyphosate, the EU Parliament has said that the EC should renew its marketing approval for just 7 years…

Pesticides guidance aims to harmonise field dissipation studies

Industry news  •  7 March 2016  •  Victoria White

New pesticides guidance has been finalised that harmonises the way terrestrial field dissipation studies are conducted in different regions of the world…

EFSA launches its new #Efsa4Bees site

Featured news  •  3 March 2016  •  Victoria White

#Efsa4Bees will contain essential information about EFSA’s project on the risk assessment of multiple stressors in bees as well as other relevant work in areas such as pesticides…

Experts gather to help tackle foodborne viruses

Industry news  •  29 February 2016  •  Victoria White

More than 130 leading experts on viruses in the food chain have taken part in the first International Workshop on Foodborne Viruses…

An EU health claim for olive oil polyphenols

Issue 1 2016  •  22 February 2016  •  Dimitra Tsantaki, International Commercial Litigation and Food lawyer, Tsantaki, Michalinos & Tsalmanis Law Firm / Georgios Siragakis, Technical Director of Food Allergens Labs Group

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated nearly 3,000 ‘general function’ claims and more than 250 other applications over the past few years. In the list of health claims which has been made on foods, as referred to in Article 13 (3) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006, a health claim has been established for olive oil polyphenols. The claim, as registered, is that “olive oil polyphenols contribute to the protection of blood lipids from oxidative stress”…

Pesticides: EFSA’s breakthrough on cumulative risk assessment

Industry news  •  27 January 2016  •  Victoria White

EFSA and its partners have developed a software tool for carrying out exposure assessments of multiple pesticides…

EFSA updates advice for applicants seeking approval of health claims

Industry news  •  20 January 2016  •  Victoria White

As well as revising the general scientific guidance, EFSA has updated its specific guidance for claims related to the immune system and the gastro-intestinal tract…

Campylobacteriosis and listeriosis cases rising in the EU

Industry news  •  22 December 2015  •  Victoria White

The latest annual report by EFSA and ECDC has found that human cases of listeriosis and campylobacteriosis rose once again in 2014, continuing an upward trend that began in 2008…

 

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