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...
Transparency on Risk Assessment in the Food chain: SAFE’s response to Public Consultation
25 Aug 2020
SAFE replied to a Public Consultation on the Draft Implementing Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 234/2011 on EU Transparency on risk assessment in the food chain on 25 August...
Titanium Dioxide Classification in force from October 2021, E171 still under review
13 Mar 2020
Titanium dioxide is often found in commonly-used domestic substances such as paint, sunscreen, and toothpaste. However, the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for R...
Call for new EU legislation on Food Contact Materials to be based on five key principles
18 Sep 2019
SAFE and 24 NGOs welcome the European Commission’s initiative to evaluate the EU’s food contact material (FCM) legislation in a joint letter. The evaluation, including the furt...
Revealed: majority of politicians on key EU farming panel have industry links
24 May 2018
Research uncovers that 25 out of 46 MEPs of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee have strong links to the farming sector they are charged with regulating. Read the ful...
Evolved Nutrition Label to be launched in some EU countries
04 May 2018
Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company and Unilever will start to add the Evolved Nutrition Label (ENL) to products in some EU countries, they announced o...
France bans use of meaty names for veggie food
24 Apr 2018
France looks set to prohibit meat terms from being used to describe plant-based foods, with MPs backing a proposal to ban producers of meat substitutes from using phrases like “s...
Farmers hail new transparency rules in food safety, still want science-based decisions
18 Apr 2018
EU farmers have welcomed the European Commission’s new rules on transparency in food safety assessments. However, it is still uncertain to which extent this will ensure that futu...
Fakers, bakers and praline-makers fear bite of EU origin labels
21 Mar 2018
Following the Commission’s proposal for new legislation on so-called country of origin labelling, food companies fear that they will be forced to indicate the origin of the...
Far From Transparency
05 Mar 2018
Last February 21st, the European Parliament’s Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs approved an amendment proposed by Italian MEPs Fulvio Martusciello and Alberto Cirio...
Strong demand from citizens for an obligatory transparency register
05 Feb 2015
A new transparency register has been in force since 27 January, allowing everyone to find out which interest groups have been lobbying the EU institutions. However, the register, w...