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 procedure is criticised for two main issues. First, the Ombudsman questions the Commission’s practice of approving active substances which had been identified either no safe use or critical […]
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, including pesticides, stressing a need to accelerate work on methodologies that ensure existing provisions can be fully implemented. It is intended as a first step towards a zero […]
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
French news channel France 2 television recently issued a report about a document from the largest Brussels-based consultancy FleishmanHillard showing which politicians, scientists, regulators and journalists are friendly to Monsanto. This unprecedented case of monitoring and record-keeping is yet another spark that will reignite the heated debate about Monsanto’s weed-killer glyphosate and the outrageous extension […]
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 manifesto here.
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 Science in Pesticide Regulation” Coalition, which has launched a manifesto to call for reform on Pesticide legislation. Read the full manifesto of the Coalition […]
In 2014 Mals, a small town in the north of Italy, became the first community in the world to ban pesticide use through a referendum. How did these activists triumph over the pesticide industry? Find out in this episode of the video series “Protect & resist”, created by Friends of the Earth Europe to show […]
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.
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 health and covers areas such as novel foods, food contact materials, food and feed additives and pesticides. Read more here.
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.