Glyphosate found in ready-made soups in Italy
27 Feb 2024
The consumer rights magazine Il Salvagente (a member of SAFE) conducted an investigation on ready-made soups, discovering that these products often contain glyphosate. Upon examini...
NGTs, MEPs vote in favour of mandatory labelling
08 Feb 2024
The European Parliament adopted its position on New Genomic Techniques (NGTs), voting in favour of mandatory labelling. A development welcomed by SAFE, which believes that the regu...
Labelling challenges for plant-based food
05 Feb 2024
As reported by Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), vegan and plant-based foods lack of a legal definition. Nevertheless, about a 76,4% of consumers believe food labeled a...
Commission authorises GMOs for food and animal feed
26 Jan 2024
The European Commission has granted approval for the utilisation of genetically modified maize and has also extended the authorisation for two genetically modified oilseed rapes fo...
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 ...
European Parliament vetoes Commission’s proposal to tolerate MRLs for thiacloprid
19 Jan 2024
The European Parliament voted against the European Commission’s proposal to tolerate maximum residue levels (MRLs) for thiacloprid above the determination threshold for around th...
Engineered nanomaterials in food, SAFE is concerned about food safety
15 Jan 2024
SAFE Food Advocacy Europe is worried about the impact on food safety by the delegated act that the European Commission is going to adopt to adjust and adapt the definition of engin...
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...
Bisphenol A in foods, the role of microplastics
12 Oct 2023
Great Italian Food Trade...
EFSA has re-evaluated the risk of exposure to mineral oil hydrocarbons through food
14 Sep 2023
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced that it has re-evaluated the risk assessment of mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH), substances derived primarily from crude oil, but...
Global Food Safety
21 Aug 2023
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WHO says aspartame safe to consume despite weak cancer link
20 Jul 2023
According to two separate reports published on Friday by researchers affiliated to the World Health Organisation (WHO), aspartame is safe to consume even though there is weak evide...
SAFE’s EU Elections 2024 Manifesto
06 Jul 2023
Strengthening food safety, sustainability, and inclusion for European consumers Safe Food Advocacy Europe – SAFE, as an umbrella organisation committed to fostering healthy, ...
Microwaving plastic baby food packaging releases microparticles, study reports
04 Jul 2023
Scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered that plastic baby pouches emit significant amounts of microplastic particles when heated in a microwave oven, pac...
EFSA launches public consultation on toxic food contaminants PBDEs
19 Jun 2023
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched a public consultation on health risks associated with polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in food. According to the draft scie...
Acrilammide, il pericolo nascosto negli alimenti. Appello di Safe
10 May 2023
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EFSA, nitrosamines in food raise health concerns
29 Mar 2023
According to the assessment conducted by EFSA on the health risk associated with the presence of nitrosamines in food, these compounds may pose a health concern for consumers. Ten ...
EFSA, mineral oil hydrocarbons in food are a “potential health concern”
21 Mar 2023
While the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provisionally confirmed that some substances in the group know as mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) are a possible health con...
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...
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...
Total copper intakes below new safe level, EFSA says
20 Jan 2023
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has established a new acceptable daily intake (ADI) for copper and assessed that the combined exposure to copper from all sources doe...
PFAS: European Commission adopts new rules against dangerous contaminants in food
07 Dec 2022
The European Commission adopted new rules to protect citizens against chemicals that can have negative consequences on the immune system, the development of foe...
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...
New evidence on a potential correlation between the consumption of ultra-processed foods and early death
25 Jan 2022
The term ‘ultra-processed foods’ refers to products that have undergone a substantial amount of industrial processing and whose nutritional labels generally report a long list ...
New French study on heavy metal exposure in adults and children
07 Jul 2021
On July 1st, 2021 an epidemiological study on heavy metal impregnation in adults and children was released by the French National Public Health Agency. The study – ...
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 ...
EFSA report offers snapshot into pesticide residues on food
11 Apr 2020
The European food supply chain and food safety system are proving to be extremely resilient, according to Europe’s People Party (EPP) coordinator at European ParliamentR...
EFSA chief: EU food safety rules ensure protection against COVID-19
07 Apr 2020
Although coronavirus can survive on surfaces for a limited time, food safety regulations in EU member states ensure a high level of protection against contaminated food, said the c...
Commissioner Kyriakides respond to 34 MEPs’ letter on E171
23 Jan 2020
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 whit...
European civil society groups urge EU Commissioner to ban E171 in food
06 Dec 2019
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 co...
Divided opinions about the French ban on E171
27 Jun 2019
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 significa...
Food Scandal breaks out in France as distributed burger meat fails to meet quality standards
11 Jun 2019
Another food scandal broke out in France, as it was revealed that beef burgers of Polish origin that failed to meet legal standards were sold to charities tackling food poverty. Th...
Coca-Cola funds an Institute to influence obesity policy in China
10 Jan 2019
While obesity rates in China are hitting records, the Coca-Cola Company is putting scientific evidence into Chinese policies to promoto exercise and downplay the role of diets in t...
UN stays silent on fat tax and labelling
19 Dec 2018
Last week, the United Nations adopted a draft resolution on improving global nutrition. The agency called for improved education to tackle obesity, but remained silent on key issue...
Action needed to ensure a higher level of protection from pesticides in Europe
07 Dec 2018
An open letter of EU coalition of concerned citizens and NGOs calls EU regulators for a higher level of protection from pesticides by fulfilling the 15 manifesto demands. Read the ...
Joint letter on the EU delegated act on the measurement of food waste
22 Nov 2018
The European Commission will soon adopt a delegated act establishing a common methodology for food waste measurement. However, it appears that the latest draft of the delegated act...
New report points at reduction of animal products to initiate a Low-Carbon Transition in the food sector
13 Nov 2018
Consumption of animal products such as meat and dairy has increased at an unprecedented pace since 1950s. Less animal products not only means healthier food, but also an earth-frie...
Rigorous Science, Safe Food, and a Healthy Environment – A Manifesto
31 Oct 2018
The European Union has one of the best regulations for pesticides in the world – in theory. But it is not implemented in practice. SAFE has joined the new “Citizens for Scien...
About the fast-track approval of 140 new plastic recycling processes: risks and challenges
07 Sep 2018
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 p...
Europol: Massive seizure of fake pesticides which could spray the size of the UK
13 Jul 2018
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 illeg...
Listeria monocytogenes: update on foodborne outbreak
06 Jul 2018
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...
New guidance on nanotechnologies in food and feed
04 Jul 2018
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 healt...
Le cannucce di plastica permangono nei secoli: 500 anni per distruggersi
02 Jul 2018
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 div...
Pesticide residues: new advice on foods for infants and young children
28 Jun 2018
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 foo...
DSM removes benzoate from cheese ripening enzyme to meet clean-label demand
13 Jun 2018
Dutch health and nutrition company Royal DSM says its Accelerzyme CPG, the company’s proprietary enzyme for accelerated cheese ripening, is now benzoate-free. Read the full artic...
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...
Food safety in the future EU budget (2021-2027)
11 Jun 2018
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 ...
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...
Weedkiller products more toxic than their active ingredient, tests show
08 May 2018
After more than 40 years of widespread use, new scientific tests show that some popular weedkilling products, like Monsanto’s widely-used Roundup, have higher rates of toxicity t...
Fipronil: results of follow-up monitoring published
07 May 2018
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 samp...