Recent study calls for the need to warn consumers on ultra-processed foods’ harmful effects
13 Jan 2022
Ultra-processed foods (UPFs) are foods that have been chemically or physically transformed through industrial processing. While most modern foods are processed in some way (e.g. ...
Consumers organization calls for a reform of the EU food packaging legislation
21 Dec 2021
Consumers’ concern about the safety of food packaging materials is increasing across Europe. According to data from the Eurobarometer, 86% of European consumers have worries abou...
Les agences européennes précisent la définition des perturbateurs endocriniens
12 Jun 2018
Après l’adoption fin 2017 des critères d’identification des perturbateurs endocriniens, les agences européennes ont publié le 7 juin un document d’orientation pou...
Glyphosate shown to disrupt microbiome ‘at safe levels’, study claims
17 May 2018
Study on rats said to show that the chemical, found in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, poses ‘a significant public health concern’. According to the pilot study, the substance...
Are we poisoning our children with plastic?
20 Feb 2018
The chemical BPA is widely added to food and drink packaging, and more than 80% of teenagers have it in their bodies. But how dangerous is it? Read the full article on The Guardian...
MEPs back down from EU bisphenol ban
12 Jan 2018
The European Parliament has shied away from demanding a full ban on bisphenol A, instead approving measures that will lower the amount of the chemical that can be part of food pack...
Six member states call for glyphosate alternatives, exit plan
05 Jan 2018
Six member states that opposed the re-authorisation glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, sent a letter to the European Commission last month asking the EU execu...
German vote swings EU decision on 5-year glyphosate renewal
28 Nov 2017
EU member states agreed on Monday (27 November) on a five-year renewal period for the controversial herbicide glyphosate, used by Monsanto in its Roundup product. The decision was ...
MEPs demand glyphosate phase-out, with full ban by end 2022
24 Oct 2017
Parliament backed a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2022 and immediate restrictions on the use of the substance, on Tuesday. Read the full article on Eur...
Andriukaitis: ‘Enough’ with member states hiding behind the Commission on glyphosate
10 Oct 2017
The member states should stop hiding behind or even pointing the finger at the European Commission regarding the re-authorisation of the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, gl...
MEPs reject Commission’s endocrine disruptor definition
09 Oct 2017
The European Commission will have to rewrite its definition of endocrine disruptors, after MEPs shot down the executive’s proposal in a vote in Strasbourg on Wednesday (4 October...
Endocrine disruptors: A guilty definition
04 Oct 2017
French socialist MEPs are defiant against the Commission’s “weak, superficial and incomplete” definition of endocrine disruptors, blaming it on French Ecology Minister Nicol...
Endocrine disruptors: Report exposes scale of contamination as Parliament vote looms
04 Oct 2017
More than one-third of all fruit consumed in the EU is contaminated with residues of endocrine disrupting pesticides, according to a study published on Tuesday (3 October), a day b...
EU report on weedkiller safety copied text from Monsanto study
19 Sep 2017
Exclusive: EU’s food safety watchdog recommended that glyphosate was safe but pages of report were identical to application from pesticide maker. Read the full article on The Gua...
Endocrine disruptors: EU definition contains ‘too many exemptions and loopholes’
12 Jul 2017
After years in the pipeline, an EU-wide definition of endocrine disruptors was finally approved by member states on 4 July. But MEP Pascal Durand told EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-F...
EU experts agree on criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals in pesticides
12 Jul 2017
Experts from the 28 EU member states approved on Tuesday (4 July) a proposed list of criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in plant protection products – a move presented by...
Des experts européens ont sous-estimé des études sur les dangers du glyphosate
31 May 2017
Des études qui mettent en évidence le lien entre plusieurs cas de cancer et le glyphosate ont été sous-estimées par les agences d’expertise européennes. C’est ce que rév...
Pesticide residues detected in almost all European foods
24 Apr 2017
More than 97% of European food products contain pesticide residues, according to analyses carried out by the EU’s national authorities. EURACTIV’s partner Journal de l’Enviro...
Glyphosate and the crucial battle for independent science
27 Mar 2017
At its core, the political battle for transparency about the herbicide glyphosate is actually a battle for independent science and for the transparent and democratic functioning of...
Endocrine disruptors: science is more potent than politics
14 Sep 2016
A large group of scientists from across various sectors are supporting an appeal to the European Commission regarding its proposed regulation to establish criteria for identifying ...
EFSA wants to review the chemical BPA, again
27 Apr 2016
A new report on the chemical compound Bisphenol A (BPA) has forced the EFSA, the EU’s food safety watchdog, to review the effects of the chemical on human health once more. Read ...
Endocrine disruptors’ link to infertility confirmed
11 Apr 2016
More and more women are finding it difficult to get pregnant, with mounting evidence suggesting chemicals used in plasticisers and pesticides are responsible. The consequences are ...
Brussels promises hormone disruptors definition ‘by this summer’
04 Mar 2016
The European Commission has responded to criticism over its weaknesses on health and food safety with a series of goodwill gestures on hormone disruptors and glyphosate during a vi...
Hormone disrupters found in two thirds of French lettuce
25 Sep 2015
An investigation has found that the majority of French lettuce contains traces of hormone disrupting chemicals, some of which are banned. Journal de l’Environnement reports. ...
European Commission and chemicals lobby deny delaying tactics over hormone disruptors
21 May 2015
The European Commission and the chemicals industry have rejected claims, revealed by leaked emails in a new NGO report, that they actively sought to slow down work on the definitio...
MEPs to grill Commission over delays in tackling hormone-disrupting chemicals
09 Mar 2015
Plenary sessions : Growing worries that endocrine disruptors can damage your health will be raised in MEPs questions to health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis on Monday, 9 Marc...
HEAL: ‘Endocrine disruptors are one of the biggest public health threats of this century’
16 Jan 2015
Although hormone-disrupting chemicals are recognised as a global public health threat by the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Commission’s public consultation on...