Consumers


Europol: Massive seizure of fake pesticides which could spray the size of the UK

Europol’s annual Operation SILVER AXE III seized the largest-ever amount of illegal or counterfeit pesticides in Europe this week. But the fact that such massive amounts of illegal pesticides are available has raised concerns about both the economic and health costs. Read the article on Euractiv here.


Pesticide residues: new advice on foods for infants and young children

Following a request from the European Commission, EFSA has made a number of recommendations to further protect young infants from potential risks posed by pesticide residues in food. Read the Scientific Opinion providing a comprehensive evaluation of pesticide residues in foods for infants and young children here.  


A worldwide shift: profiling the alternative meat market

According to recent research from GlobalData, the majority of the world’s population has adopted a diet that features reduced or entirely absent meat consumption. Changing consumer habits and the rise of ‘flexitarianism’ – eating predominantly, but not strictly, vegetarian – has led to the reduced consumption of meat in favour of vegetables and meat alternatives. […]


Fipronil: results of follow-up monitoring published

On 3 May 2018, EFSA published its analysis of food data collected following the widespread detection of fipronil in eggs last summer. The analysis showed that 742 out of 5,000 samples of eggs and chicken contained residues in quantities exceeding legal limits. These products originated from eight Member States: the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Poland, Hungary, […]


Farmers hail new transparency rules in food safety, still want science-based decisions

EU farmers have welcomed the European Commission’s new rules on transparency in food safety assessments. However, it is still uncertain to which extent this will ensure that future decisions will actually be based on science. Read the full article on Euractiv here.