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Food safety regulation in UK to undergo change during Brexit

What’s going to happen after food safety in the United Kingdom is separated by Brexit from the European Food Safety Authority’s mothership in Parma, Italy? “Along with the EU (European Union) Exit, changing the way food businesses are regulated is one of our two key priorities for the years ahead,” says Heather Hancock, chairman of… Continue Reading

EFSA seeks comments on draft about Listeria risks in RTE food

The recent upward trend of human listeriosis cases in Europe is behind the European Food Safety Authority’s opening of a new round of “public consultation” on its scientific opinion regarding the contamination of ready-to-eat (RTE) foods with Listeria monocytogenes and the related human health risks. Experts on an EFSA Panel on Biological Hazards investigated the… Continue Reading

EU scientists investigate origin of isolated BSE cases

Two decades have passed since the Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) epidemic struck Europe. Commonly known as mad cow disease, BSE remains without a cure and, after a long incubation period of 2 to 5 years, is completely fatal due to the spongiform degeneration of the brain and spiral cord. Europe’s 1986-1998 BSE epidemic was primary… Continue Reading

EU agency looks at substances in food for newborns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approach for assessing substances found in food intended for infants younger than 16 has been updated to take into account for newborns’ unique diets. The change will further support European Union decision-making on the safety of food for this age group, the agency has announced. The guidance will apply from now… Continue Reading

New advice for European Union on added sugars due in 2020

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is on schedule to provide new scientific advice on the daily intake of added sugar in food by early 2020. The Authority plans to establish a science-based cut-off value for daily exposure to added sugars from all sources that are not associated with adverse health effects. Denmark, Finland, Iceland,… Continue Reading

An EU break for the butcher, baker, fishmonger, ice cream shop and grocer

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is proposing  a simplified approach to food safety management in small retail businesses such as grocery shops, butchers, and bakeries. It  includes guidelines on how to identify the most relevant biological, chemical and physical hazards at each stage of the food production process, the activities or practices that make… Continue Reading

EFSA tells European Commission to go long to kill Bluetongue

Mass vaccination programs lasting at least five years in combination with improved, continuous surveillance systems would be the only effective measures for eradicating bluetongue in Europe,  according to recent conclusions reached by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Bluetongue is not a threat to humans but it has a high mortality rate among animals. It is… Continue Reading

EU promotes new food safety unity as UK prepares for independence

In the first official reaction involving food safety in Europe since the BREXIT vote has come in the form of a new “Declaration of Commitment” that has member states reaffirming their support for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). BREXIT was the referendum process that culminated in last June’s vote by residents of the United… Continue Reading

EFSA warns of cyanide risk from eating raw apricot kernels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is reminding the public that eating even a small amount of raw apricot kernels can cause cyanide poisoning and can be fatal in extreme cases. EFSA notes that a small amount consumed in one serving means more than three small raw apricot kernels, or less than half of one… Continue Reading

Cumulative Risks From Pesticides Getting Look from EFSA

Cumulative risks from pesticides that may affect the thyroid and nervous systems are the subject a new pilot study underway at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). With its European Union partners, EFSA has developed a software tool for carrying out exposure assessments on multiple pesticides. The results of these assessments will be published by… Continue Reading