European Food Safety

Nitrites and nitrates are used in cured meats. © iStock/Kuvona

MEPs urge action on nitrites and nitrates

By Niamh Michail

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have called on the European Commission to reduce legal limits or ban nitrites in meat products due to the link with cancer, and to support research into alternatives.

Due in 2015: Among its priorities, EFSA says it will publish an opinion on acrylamide, a potentially carcinogenic compound produced during the cooking of starchy foods

EFSA outlines priorities to 2017

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its work programme objectives for the next three years, including opinions on acrylamide and caffeine due this year.

The term nanotechnology refers to the control of matter at an atomic or molecular scale of between one and 100 nanometres (nm) – one millionth of a millimetre.

MEPs reject nanoparticles in novel foods

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Members of the European Parliament’s health and environment committee last night rejected a Commission proposal that would have updated novel foods rules to allow the use of nanoparticles.

Long-awaited specialist foods provisions set for EU lawbooks

PARNUTS update: Specialist foods reforms due for EU lawbooks

By Shane Starling

Revision of the laws governing specialist food products like sports foods, infant foods and gluten-free foods is set for a final vote in the European Parliament in December or January, 2013, with the leading industry group broadly welcoming the passage.

EFSA slam Monsanto GM cancer study as scientifically unsound

EFSA slams GM cancer study as not ‘scientifically sound’

By Nathan Gray

The European Food Safety Authority says recent research linking Monsanto’s herbicide and genetically modified maize to an increased risk of cancer and premature death is of ‘insufficient scientific quality to be considered valid.’

Spotlight again on cloned animals

Spotlight again on cloned animals

By Jane Byrne

A review of cloning is underway at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) following a request from the European Commission for further advice on the implications of the technology for food safety, animal health and welfare and the environment.

Could the E-number be up?

Weekly Comment

Could the E-number be up?

The European Food Safety Authority's review of additive safety
could have a bigger effect on the ingredients industry than the
ejection of certain colours and flavours with a suspect safety
record. It could give the natural ingredients...

EFSA up and running

EFSA up and running

The Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
met yesterday for the first time after the finalisation of the
scientific committee and panels which give the authority its core
capability.

EFSA appoints committee

EFSA appoints committee

The European Food Safety Authority's scientific committee says that
its panels have now been appointed, opening the way for the body to
start work on streamlining safety within the European food and
drinks industry.

EFSA, the way forward

EFSA, the way forward

'A landmark meeting' is how Stuart Slorach, the chairman of the
European Food Safety Agency board described the first presentation
of their newly elected executive director, Geoffrey Podger.

EFSA: the right flavour?

EFSA: the right flavour?

Geoffrey Podger, the recently elected executive director of the
European Food Safety Authority, this week gave the green light for
the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration to evaluate flavours
for an EU-wide initiative that is...

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