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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

European Union food again found largely free of pesticides

Food consumed in the European Union (EU) continues to be either largely free of pesticide residues or to contain only residues the fall within legal limits, new figures show.    The latest monitoring report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) finds that more than 97 percent of food samples collected across the EU… Continue Reading

Europe experiencing an increasing trend of listeriosis

European experts have noted an increasing trend of listeriosis illnesses since 2008, except for a stabilization of infections from the pathogen from 2014 to 2015. Most infected people were over 64 years of age. The findings are included in the most recent annual report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control… Continue Reading

One child dead; Salmonella outbreak ‘may not have peaked yet’

A Salmonella outbreak in Europe that may have been ongoing since 2012 is believed to be responsible for the recent death of a child in Croatia and is suspected to be wider spread than originally thought. The outbreak has been traced by multiple countries to eggs from Poland. Recalls are ongoing across Europe and in… Continue Reading