On 17 December 2019, a cross-party coalition of 34 MEPs sent a letter to Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides to ask for an extension of the French ban on the white colourant E171 to the entire EU. In the response to the MEPs’s letter on 15 January 2020, Commissioner Kyriakides underlined that the […]
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delayed the release of its opinion concerning added sugar until 2021. As obesity, type 2 diabete, tooth decay or cardiovascular diseases diseases run rampant, firm & quick decisions must be taken at EU level to protect consumers. Read it in details here.
A recent evaluation of titanium dioxide in food from the French national food safety agency ANSES belied EFSA’s assessment of this substance. The evaluation highlighted significant data gaps and recommended limiting exposure to the food colouring E171, which has proved to be potentially carcinogenic. A French decree from 17 April banned the whitening food additive […]
Until now, companies have stayed away from using recycled plastics in food packaging because of safety concerns. But times are chaning and they seem ready to reconsider their stance ahead of an EU decision to authorise more than 100 “safe” recycling processes for food contact applications. Floriana Cimmarusti, Secretary General of SAFE, told Euractiv about the […]
Frozen corn and possibly other frozen vegetables are the likely source of an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes that has been affecting Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom since 2015. Read more here.
EFSA has published its guidance on how to assess the safety of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications. The guidance focuses on the safety assessment for human and animal health and covers areas such as novel foods, food contact materials, food and feed additives and pesticides. Read more here.
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.
Après l’adoption fin 2017 des critères d’identification des perturbateurs endocriniens, les agences européennes ont publié le 7 juin un document d’orientation pour leur identification, elaboré en collaboration avec le Centre commun de recherche (JRC) de l’Union européenne. Lisez l’article complet sur Euractiv ici.
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, […]
On April 11, the European Commission proposed giving itself new powers to request scientific studies on the safety of products, in an effort to quell public concerns that industry has too much influence over the process. If adopted, the new rules will affect all companies looking to approve a wide range of products, including genetically modified […]