Food Safety


New French study on heavy metal exposure in adults and children

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 – the first of its kind to measure exposure levels in children aged 6 to 17- has shown that almost 100% of both population groups were continually exposed to 27 heavy […]


Ethylene oxide in foods: still a long way to go in reaching coordination

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 consumer information.  Ethylene oxide is a gaseous disinfectant, originally used for sterilization purposes and for decreasing salmonella occurrence in foods. It is a highly irritating and mutagenic chemical, considered to be […]


EFSA report offers snapshot into pesticide residues on food

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 Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, Herbert Dorfmann, as people still manage to find available and safe food on supermarket shelves even in time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here


Commissioner Kyriakides respond to 34 MEPs’ letter on E171

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 white colourant E171 to the entire EU. In the response to the MEPs’s letter on 15 January 2020, Commissioner Kyriakides underlined that the […]


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 […]


Divided opinions about the French ban on E171

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 significant data gaps and recommended limiting exposure to the food colouring E171, which has proved to be potentially carcinogenic. A French decree from 17 April banned the whitening food additive […]


Food Scandal breaks out in France as distributed burger meat fails to meet quality standards

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. This alarming piece of news follows the latest food scandals (Polish beef, fipronil in eggs, etc.). Read the whole case here.


Coca-Cola funds an Institute to influence obesity policy in China

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 the strife against obesity, the Guardian reports.  Yet another proof that independent and consumer-centered research is critical in every corner of the world.