Transparency


Titanium Dioxide Classification in force from October 2021, E171 still under review

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 Research on Cancer (IARC) has determined that the chemical is a “possible carcinogen for humans”. In 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) provided an assessment of this substance and proposed classifying all […]


Call for new EU legislation on Food Contact Materials to be based on five key principles

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 further aim of the Commission to consider what possible steps need to be taken in the future, provides a good opportunity to look forward and discuss how these ineffective […]


Farmers hail new transparency rules in food safety, still want science-based decisions

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 future decisions will actually be based on science. Read the full article on Euractiv here.


Far From Transparency

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. The amendment requires food companies to specify in advertising or on labels only substances and ingredients present in the product, thus forbidding to indicate the absence of ingredients and substances not […]


Strong demand from citizens for an obligatory transparency register

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, which is used by the Parliament and the European Commission, is not yet obligatory. Sylvie Guillaume, a French member of the S&D group, is the vice-president responsible […]