Food Safety


About the fast-track approval of 140 new plastic recycling processes: risks and challenges

Is it safe to use recycled plastic in food and drink packaging? Secretary General Floriana Cimmarusti talked to Euractiv about the risks of a fast-track approval of 140 recycling processes.  SAFE calls for an adequate political scrutiny to protect consumer rights. Read the full article here.


Europol: Massive seizure of fake pesticides which could spray the size of the UK

Europol’s annual Operation SILVER AXE III seized the largest-ever amount of illegal or counterfeit pesticides in Europe this week. But the fact that such massive amounts of illegal pesticides are available has raised concerns about both the economic and health costs. Read the article on Euractiv here.


Le cannucce di plastica permangono nei secoli: 500 anni per distruggersi

Secondo gli studi del centro Enea, oltre l’80% dei rifiuti che invadono i litorali italiani è rappresentato da plastiche, che finiscono poi in mare dove nel corso degli anni diventano «microplastiche». Queste particelle quasi invisibili ad occhio nudo vengono ingerite dai pesci e ce le ritroviamo nella catena alimentare, ovvero nel piatto. Leggi il reportage […]


Pesticide residues: new advice on foods for infants and young children

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.  


Les agences européennes précisent la définition des perturbateurs endocriniens

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.  


Food safety in the future EU budget (2021-2027)

On June 7, the Commission adopted a legislative proposal for a new Single Market Programme, which also addresses food policies. Specific objectives include: supporting sustainable food production & consumption by reducing food waste; improving the effectiveness, efficiency and reliability of official controls all along the food chain; supporting policies to increase animal welfare. Read more here.


Glyphosate shown to disrupt microbiome ‘at safe levels’, study claims

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 can have disrupting effects on sexual development, genes and beneficial gut bacteria at doses considered safe. Read the full article on The Guardian here.