The European Parliament approved the Nature Restoration Law
27 Feb 2024
With the introduction of a novel Nature Restoration Law, Europe is making a major advancement in its dedication to climate resilience and environmental preservation. The European C...
EU agri-food trade surplus continued to further grow in November 2023
26 Feb 2024
In November 2023, the EU’s agri-food trade surplus continued its upward trend, reaching €6.9 billion, marking a 3% increase from the previous month and a substantial 27% ri...
European Commission proposes measures to ease administrative burdens on farmers
22 Feb 2024
The European Commission sent a paper to the Belgian Presidency outlining first possible actions to help reduce the administrative burden weighing on farmers. This document, schedul...
Food contaminated with inorganic arsenic: health risks confirmed
25 Jan 2024
The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) recent risk assessment on inorganic arsenic in food reaffirms the findings of a previous study from 2009, confirming health risks ...
The European Commission will spend €186 million to promote agri-food products
17 Nov 2023
In 2024, the European Commission is set to allocate €185.9 million to support the promotion of sustainable and high-quality EU agri-food products both domestically and internatio...
Herbicide exposure has negative effects on brain function in adolescents, study reports
19 Oct 2023
A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives highlights a concerning link between herbicides like glyphosate and impaired brain function in adolescents. L...
No majority for glyphosate. SAFE confirms its opposition to the renewal
13 Oct 2023
The re-approval of the controversial herbicide glyphosate in the EU did not secure a majority decision in its first vote in the European Parliament today (October 13), highlighting...
The EU sets revised guidelines for nitrates and nitrites
10 Oct 2023
In pursuit of utmost food safety within the European Union and as a proactive measure under Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the European Commission has established revised guid...
ECHA received 5,600 comments on PFAS restriction proposal
26 Sep 2023
Over 4,400 organisations, companies, and individuals have contributed their comments and information regarding the proposal to limit per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) with...
The European Commission proposes re-approval of glyphosate for 10 years
21 Sep 2023
The European Commission has put forth a proposal to grant a 10-year extension for glyphosate. The contentious chemical substance stands as the most widely utilised pesticide across...
Press release – State of the Union speech and priorities for 2024
13 Sep 2023
Sustainable Food Systems, animal welfare and food inflation were absent in the latest State of the Union Speech. SAFE asks to make these points key priorities for 2024....
Civil society organisations urge von der Leyen to publish the SFS Framework Law
06 Sep 2023
NGOs and academics are urging European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to prioritise the proposal for an EU legislative framework for sustainable food systems. This legi...
EU agri-food trade bounced back in May
25 Aug 2023
After the EU agri-food trade slowed down in April, it bounced back with an increase of both imports and exports in May, the European Commission says in its latest monthly agri-f...
Glifosato, l’Ue prepara l’ok – Altolà di Safe: è pericoloso
19 Jul 2023
Circular economy: EC recommends actions to boost recycling in 18 Member States
09 Jun 2023
In a report published on 8 June 2023, the European Commission identified Member States that are at risk of not meeting the 2025 targets set for preparing for re-use & recycling...
Hazardous chemicals banned in the EU should also be banned for export
09 May 2023
The European Commission has just launched a public consultation on the legislative initiative that aims to prohibit the production and/or export of certain hazardous chemicals that...
No obstacles to ban glyphosate – New report by PAN Europe shows that alternatives exist for all uses
14 Mar 2023
Ahead of the EU’s decision on whether or not to re-approve glyphosate at the end of this year, the NGO Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe has just published a report for t...
Food safety, EU Commission adopts rules to lower arsenic levels in food
03 Mar 2023
The European Commission adopted new rules to lower the presence of arsenic in food products. Lower maximum levels (MLs) are being adopted as an important measur...
EU Commission authorises two genetically modified crops as food and animal feed
22 Feb 2023
The European Commission has authorised the use of genetically modified rapeseed and has renewed the authorisation for genetically modified soy, intended for human and animal consum...
Organisations urge the Commission to stick to Sustainable Food System Law timeline
13 Feb 2023
Political resistance against sustainable food policies is threatening to derail the process for an EU Sustainable Food Systems Law. Against this backdrop, 286 organisations have is...
European Commission adopts stringent residue limits for pesticides to protect pollinators
02 Feb 2023
The European Commission adopted new rules that aim to lower the Maximum Residues Levels (MRLs) of the pesticides clothianidin and thiamethoxam in food. The European Court of Justic...
Open letter to the European Commission on keeping up the ambition in times of energy crisis
05 Dec 2022
Together with 29 other organisations and associations, Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) sent an open letter to the President of the European Commission, the Executive-Vice-President, the Co...
Revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive
30 Nov 2022
The European Commission has published its long-awaited proposal for a review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. The revision follows up on the European Green Deal, whe...
New report reveals EU’s failure to reduce use of most dangerous pesticides
24 May 2022
Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) just released a new report highlighting that the European Union (EU) is alarmingly going in the wrong direction regarding pesticides us...
Acrylamide: A new study reveals the probability of carcinogenic exposure in baby foods
29 Mar 2022
Acrylamide is a heated-induced toxicant generated by a chemical reaction that reduces sugar and amino acids present in foods. Most industrial and cooking methods induce the formati...
Acrylamide in food: the urgent need to reform the current legislation
10 Mar 2022
Acrylamide is a chemical compound generated during high-temperature cooking processes that transform sugar and amino acids present in food products. For many years the scientific c...
Plant-based put forward in the EU’s 2022 promotional policy
06 Jan 2022
The EU will support the consumption of plant-based products as reported in the 2022 promotional policy published last December. The policy allocates 185.9 million euros to the prom...
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...
Joint call for the inclusion of whole grain on FOP nutrition labelling
29 Nov 2021
On 29th November 2021, the Whole Grain Iniative (WGI) sent a joint letter to the European Commission’s DG SANTE (Directorate General for Health and Food Safety). The WGI and ...
Food Waste Reduction Targets for 2030 – SAFE’s contribution
29 Oct 2021
On 29 October 2021, SAFE answered to an EC Public Consultation on Food Waste and Losses (FWL) reduction targets. Read our response here and our full contribution here. SAFE welcome...
Sustainable Food Systems Framework – SAFE’s contribution
27 Oct 2021
On 26 October 2021, SAFE submitted a reply to the EC Public Consultation on the Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Framework to be developped by the European Commission as part of the ...
CSOs call on the EU to stand by the Farm to fork Strategy
14 Oct 2021
14 October 2021 – On 14-15 October, agri-food stakeholders meet in the Farm to Fork Conference to discuss the progress made to date and the next steps in implementing the Far...
E171 ban decision confirmed in the SCoPAFF
08 Oct 2021
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 di...
European Commission redefines maximum levels for cadmium and lead in food
12 Aug 2021
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, ...
European Commission releases study on children exposure to marketing of high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) foods
12 Jul 2021
On July 8th, 2021, DG SANTE released its final report on the exposure of children to linear, non-linear and online marketing of foods high in fat, salt or sugar. The goal of ...
Empowering consumer organisations : the Dual Food Quality Conference
08 Jul 2021
The partners of the ECO-Empowering Consumer Organisations project were proud to present the achievements of their EU-project on Dual Food Quality during the final Eu...
Ethylene oxide in foods: still a long way to go in reaching coordination
01 Jul 2021
In the past few months, organisations have revealed that non-compliant products containing ingredients illegally processed with ethylene oxide were still being sold without proper ...
Provisional agreement reached on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy
29 Jun 2021
On June 25th, 2021, a deal was finally found between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council on the reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP...
EC Vice-President Timmermans addresses the EU Climate Law in the European Parliament
24 Jun 2021
On 24 June 2021, European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans gave a speech on the brand new Climate Law in the European Parliament. On this occasion, he praised t...
NGOs call on the Commission and Council to reject restrictions on the labelling of plant-based products
22 Feb 2021
On 22 February 2021, 21 NGOs including SAFE called on the European Commission and the Council of the European Union to reject the 171th and 72th Amendment of the European Parliamen...
EFSA also enters the Front-of-Pack nutrition labelling debate
08 Feb 2021
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 conditi...
The European Commission launches the EU sustainable code of conduct plans for food businesses
08 Feb 2021
The European Commission has taken its first steps towards launching a ‘code of conduct’ for actors along the food chain, as part of its aim to increase the sustainability of th...
European Ombudsman asks Commission to increase transparency in the approval process for pesticides
14 Dec 2020
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 pr...
#WeValueTrueNatural, a campaign from SAFE to call for a definition of ‘natural’
20 Nov 2020
In the European Green Deal, the Commission presented a strategy aiming at transforming the EU into a resource-efficient and sustainable society by 2050. One of the main initiatives...
CSOs call for Withdrawal of the EC proposal for the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy
02 Nov 2020
On 30 October, CSOs wrote to EC President von der Leyen to call on the European Commission to withdraw its proposal on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in order to safeguard th...
European Commission publishes its chemicals strategy
14 Oct 2020
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, includin...
Bayer GMO gets EC approval
05 Oct 2020
The European Commission worringly authorised a genetically modified soybean for food and feed, but not cultivation, on 28 September 2020. This soybean, the XtendFlex, was approved ...
CSOs send Joint Letter to EU leaders calling for better alignment between the CAP and the EU Green Deal
01 Oct 2020
This Thursday 1st October, SAFE and more than 250 Civil Society Organisations sent a joint Open letter to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the Preside...
Joint Letter to Agri Commissioner calling for legumes and high-protein crops promotion in EU policies
29 Sep 2020
SAFE and 6 other organisations (Euronatur Foundation, the European Alliance for Plant-based Foods, The Vegan Society, the Good Food Institute, Compassion in World Farming, HealthCa...
A new EU agency for health considered by the European Commission
24 Sep 2020
The European Commission (EC) is considering strengthening the EU’s competence in health policy in the wake of the covid -19 crisis. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen anno...