EFSA


EFSA draft opinion suggests lowering the tolerable Bisphenol A daily intake

In an opinion published in December 2021, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has re-assessed the risks of bisphenol A (BPA) in food, suggesting to drastically lower the tolerable daily intake (TDI) compared to its previous assessment in 2015. EFSA is now recommending that the TDI be changed from 4 micrograms per kilogram of body […]


New French study on the harmfulness of food additives for human health

Food additives are substances intentionally added to foodstuffs for various technological, sensory, and nutritional purposes (e.g. extending shelf life, sweetening, or stabilizing purposes). Recent evidence has suggested the detrimental effects of several widely consumed additives, revealing the correlation between the consumption of “ultra-processed foods”, which are high in food additives, and the increased risk of […]


E171 ban decision confirmed in the SCoPAFF

On 8 October 2021, the Standing Committee on Plant, Animal, Food and Feed voted in favour of a proposal submitted by the European Commission to ban food additive E 171 (Titanium dioxide in food) from all applications in food products. The EC proposal followed a scientific assessment published in May by the European Food Safety […]


European Commission redefines maximum levels for cadmium and lead in food

On August 10th, the European Commission announced that new limits will apply for tolerated lead and cadmium levels in food products. These restrictions concern fruits, vegetables, cereals and oilseeds for lead, and infant foods, mushrooms, spices and salt for cadmium. These new rules are set to be respectively introduced on August 30th and 31st and […]


MEPs follow up on EFSA’s opinion regarding E171

On 31 May 2021, a group of 4 MEPs from 3 different groups asked the Commission about its intent to propose an EU-wide ban on food additive E171 (titanium dioxide). It is still unclear when the Commission intends to submit such proposal, and when discussions will start in the competent committee (Standing Committee on Plants, […]


E171 no longer considered safe for use as a food additive

On 6 May 2021, The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its long-awaited safety assessment of titanium dioxide (TiO2) used as a food additive (E171)[1]. The assessment clearly underlines that TiO2 (nano)particles have the potential to induce DNA stand breaks and chromosomal damage – thus, the agency stated that a concern for genotoxicity could not […]


EFSA also enters the Front-of-Pack nutrition labelling debate

The EU food safety agency EFSA will provide scientific opinions to help developing the EU-wide system for front-of-pack nutrition labelling of foodstuffs, including setting conditions for nutrition and health claims on foods. This includes the setting of nutrient profiles to restrict the promotion of food high in, for example, salt, sugars and/or fat. Read SAFE’s […]


European Ombudsman asks Commission to increase transparency in the approval process for pesticides

In a recently published decision, the EU Ombudsman has raised concerns regarding the current procedure for the approval of active substances in pesticides by the Commission. The procedure is criticised for two main issues. First, the Ombudsman questions the Commission’s practice of approving active substances which had been identified either no safe use or critical […]


European Commission publishes its chemicals strategy

The EC published its new Chemicals Strategy on the 14th October (read it here). The EU chemicals strategy aims to address the cumulative and combined effects of chemicals, including pesticides, stressing a need to accelerate work on methodologies that ensure existing provisions can be fully implemented. It is intended as a first step towards a zero […]


Transparency on Risk Assessment in the Food chain: SAFE’s response to Public Consultation

SAFE replied to a Public Consultation on the Draft Implementing Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 234/2011 on EU Transparency on risk assessment in the food chain on 25 August 2020. SAFE welcomes the feedback session on the Draft Implementing Regulation regarding the rules on applications for food additives, enzymes, and flavourings. We strongly support the […]