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New EFSA opinion on welfare hazards in pig slaughters   Recently updated !

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion on 17 June in the context of a series of updated assessments on animal welfare at slaughter requested by the European Commission. In light of the recently published Farm to Fork Strategy, EFSA proposed measures to address the welfare hazards most commonly associated with the […]


The European Commission unveils its Farm to Fork Strategy

On 20 May at 12.00 CET, the European Commission unveiled its long-awaited Farm to Fork Strategy, along with other communications including a report on front-of-pack nutrition labelling and the EU Biodiversity Strategy. This communication is published after months of debates around the EU Green Deal led by EC President von der Leyen and provides an […]


EC proposes market measures to assist meat & dairy sectors

Amidst the coronavirus crisis, the European Commission today proposed granting private storage aid for dairy and meat sectors in a so-called effort to help farmers hit by the crisis. the EC also proposed exceptional derogations from EU competition rules in the milk, flower and potatoes sectors, adding that such arrangements will be valid for up […]


CSOs urges the Commission not to postpone the Farm to Fork strategy

The Coronavirus (COVID19) crisis significantly highlights the important and urgent need for a Common Food Policy that is forward-looking, precautionary, resilient, social- and health-oriented, with an ambitious EU Fram to Fork Strategy. Today SAFE and 38 Civil Society Organisations called on Commissioners Timmermans, Kyriakides, Sinkevičius and Wojciechowski not to postpone the publication of this strategy, […]


European civil society groups urge EU Commissioner to ban E171 in food

On 5 Dec 2019, European civil society groups have sent a joint letter to Ms. Stella Kyriakides – European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety on the issue of the white colourant E171 (titanium dioxide in food). With this letter, SAFE together with 7 other NGOs strongly urge Ms. Stella Kyriakides, in her lead role […]


E171: consumers must be put first

SAFE and other CSOs recently published a press release to urge the European Commission and national expert representatives to uphold the French ban on food colourant E171 (Titanium Dioxide, TiO2). On 23 September, another article from Euractiv recalls that important lobbying activities have been conducted by titanium dioxide manufacturers on this issue. The article also […]


Call for new EU legislation on Food Contact Materials to be based on five key principles

SAFE and 24 NGOs welcome the European Commission’s initiative to evaluate the EU’s food contact material (FCM) legislation in a joint letter. The evaluation, including the further aim of the Commission to consider what possible steps need to be taken in the future, provides a good opportunity to look forward and discuss how these ineffective […]


European civil society groups raise questions about industry-funded study on E171 toxicity and call on decision-makers to support the French ban on unnecessary food additive

A crucial European meeting to discuss the French ban of E171 – the food additive version of titanium dioxide – is due to take place on Monday 16th September. Civil society groups across Europe raise questions about a new industry study released ahead of this meeting and warn against diverting decision-makers’ attention from the already […]


36 CSOs send Open Letter to the European Commission President (EN/FR/ES)

Civil society organisations, in the areas of farming, fisheries, environment, animal welfare, health, consumers, consumer co-operatives, development, social justice, climate, and forestry, wrote the European Commission President to seek a new direction in the way food policies are made and priorities are set.The time for action is now: daring to change the way we make […]