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Spanish officials investigating illnesses linked to chard, cheese

Two people have fallen ill in Spain after eating chard sold in jars. The product, packaged under the Ybarra brand, is suspected to contain high levels of tropane alkaloids. The Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN) reported that it was informed about the situation by health officials in Madrid. The agency said the… Continue Reading

Most labs use or plan to adopt WGS in Europe, says the survey

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is being used in the food safety laboratories of more than half of countries surveyed in Europe. By the end of 2016, the technique was present in labs in 17 of 30 countries, according to results of a survey by the European Commission and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). They found… Continue Reading

Britain’s FSA talks about Brexit challenges in annual report and accounts for 2017-18

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the United Kingdom will have to stand on its own after the island nation withdraws from the European Union next year. It means food safety in the UK will be cut off from the EU mothership, better known  as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma, Italy. Some… Continue Reading

European listeriosis outbreak blamed on frozen corn: 6 dead

Week-old speculation about frozen corn being responsible for a three-year listeriosis outbreak in Europe, which has had an 18.75  percent fatality rate, is probably correct. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) jointly published a rapid outbreak assessment today (March 22) that says frozen corn  is the… Continue Reading

EFSA’s lumpy skin disease recommendation shows promise

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reports vaccines are working against lumpy skin disease but says the ailment has not been eliminated. According to EFSA, outbreaks of lumpy skin disease (LSD) in the Balkan region fell dramatically by 95 percent from 7,483 in 2016 to 385 in 2017. The figures confirm that vaccination of cattle… Continue Reading

European Union looks at dietary reference values for sodium

Its own draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values for sodium is the European Food Safety Authority’s next subject for public comment. The Parma, Italy-based authority (EFSA) is especially seeking feedback on the way it plants to select and use evidence in its salty assessment. The EFSA is the agency of the European Union that provides… Continue Reading

More independence for the European Food Safety Authority

Ever since the European Food Safety Authority was founded 15 years ago, it has claimed to operate independently of its European Union funding sources, including the legislative and executive institutions of the Commission, Council, Parliament and EU Member States. The Authority is an agency of the EU, but one that is housed in Parma, Italy, not Brussels,… Continue Reading

EU vaccination of cattle for lumpy skin disease has worked

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)  has found that the mass vaccination of cattle implemented in south-eastern Europe successfully contained the outbreaks of lumpy skin disease in the region in 2015-16. This is the main conclusion of an epidemiological analysis carried out by EFSA in cooperation with countries affected by the disease and those at… Continue Reading