Tag Archives: EFSA

EFSA Releases Evaluation of Cyanide Risk from Foods

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) has opened a public consultation into a draft opinion on the health risks of cyanogenic glycosides in foods other than raw apricot kernels. Cyanogenic glycosides contain chemically bound cyanide and are present in foods such as apricot kernels, almonds, linseed, or … Continue Reading

New EFSA Report Finds Antimicrobial Resistance Persists in Humans, Animals and Food

Antimicrobial use in food-producing animals remains a hot button issue. In the United States, FDA, USDA, and various industry stakeholders have sought to tackle public health concerns associated with the use of medically important antibiotics to promote growth or feed efficiency in food-producing animals. In the European Union (EU), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) … Continue Reading

EU Tackles Acrylamide

The European Commission plans to roll out proposed nonbinding legislation on acrylamide levels in food for EU member states’ consideration. Acrylamide is a chemical that forms during high-temperature cooking of certain foods, e.g., in the preparation of French fries, toasting of bread, or roasting of coffee.  The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) officially recognized acrylamide as a … Continue Reading

Eye on the EU: EFSA Data Warehouse

EFSA publishes new online warehouse for data on chemical contaminants and food consumption. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is responsible for providing scientific advice and performing food risk assessments in the European Union.  EFSA has long had access to significant quantities of data on chemical contaminants and food consumption, but did not have a … Continue Reading

Eye on the EU: EFSA Transparency and Scottish GM Ban

European Court of Justice rules that EFSA may not keep names of expert reviewers confidential. In recent years, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been criticized for an alleged lack of transparency in the way that its experts review and consider data to support product safety assessments.  Historically, EFSA has not disclosed the names … Continue Reading
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