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EFSA: Home kitchen hygiene crucial to fight foodborne illness

Relatively minor gastrointestinal illnesses can be serious, even fatal, for people from risk groups including small children, pregnant women, very old people or people with weakened immune systems, prompting a reminder that kitchen hygiene is of vital importance. In an effort to reduce the number of foodborne infections, the Member States of the European Union… Continue Reading

Increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria blamed on use

Three European agencies concerned about the impact antibiotic use on the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria are reporting new data on antibiotic consumption and antibiotic resistance across the continent. The new report comes from the European Food Safety Authority, the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. “To contain antibiotic resistance… 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

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

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

EFSA: Campylobacter and Listeria Cases Rise Again in the European Union

Human cases of listeriosis and campylobacteriosis rose again in 2014 in Europe, continuing an upward trend that began in 2008, reports the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). It stated that salmonellosis cases increased slightly for the first time since 2008. These are the main findings of the latest annual report by EFSA and the European… Continue Reading

EFSA Opens New Data Warehouse to Public Use

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has put data on chemical contaminants and food consumption, which it uses in its risk assessments, into a new online warehouse. This week, it opened the system to the public, making its resources available to all from the new EFSA data warehouse. “This is the latest important step towards… Continue Reading

EU has a ‘Tolerated’ Trade in Insects as a Protein Source

Earlier this year, Belgium’s Federal Agency for Safety of the Food Chain stated that insects for human consumption “appear to offer great potential” as an alternative protein source. The agency’s Scientific Committee went so far as to acknowledge that breeding and marketing insects is already being tolerated in some parts of the European Union without any… Continue Reading