About: European Food Safety Agency

Is recycled plastic safe for food packaging? EU seems to think so

The European Commission is preparing to fast-track approval of 140 recycling processes for use in food and drinks packaging, despite warnings that second-hand plastics risk containing toxic chemicals that are dangerous for human health.
Agrifood 06-02-2018

Salmonella on the rise again, EU officials admit

The incidence of Salmonella in humans was almost halved between 2004 and 2009 but new figures show that it has re-appeared, causing worries for food producers and health workers, but also for EU policymakers.
Agrifood 07-08-2017

Belgium aware of eggs scandal since June but did not speak out

Belgium has been aware of a potential problem with fipronil in the poultry sector since June, its food safety agency admitted, adding that it did not say anything because of a fraud investigation.
Agrifood 27-06-2017

Industry asks the Commission to harmonise sports food rules

Four sports foods trade associations launched a joint initiative on Monday (26 June) calling on the European Commission to amend EU food legislation and come up with harmonised rules to regulate their products and ensure their proper use and equal treatment in all member states.

EFSA: Glyphosate ban debate ‘legitimate’ but not about science

The debate on the toxicity of pesticides and the role of big multinationals in agriculture is a legitimate one to have, says Bernhard Url, the head of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). But it goes beyond the realm of science, he told EURACTIV in an interview, calling on politicians to assume their responsibilities and make their own decisions.
Agrifood 22-12-2016

High levels of acrylamide found in German gingerbread

Campaigners today (22 December) published a survey identifying high levels of the cancer-causing substance acrylamide in a range of gingerbread varieties on the German market.
Health 26-01-2016

EU trade chief tells consumers not to worry about TTIP

EU consumers should not be worried about safety standards for food and health being jeopardised by negotiators in the free-trade talks between the EU and the US, insisted Cecilia Malmström.
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Agrifood 05-06-2015

EU food safety watchdog issues cancer warning on acrylamide

Experts from the European Food Safey Authority (EFSA) have confirmed previous conclusions that acrylamide, a chemical substance formed when heating foods like potato chips, barbecued meat, and bread, potentially increases the risk of developing cancer.
Health 17-04-2013

Tests show up to 5% of EU beef products contain horsemeat

Up to 5% of European Union products labelled as beef contain horsemeat, according to results published by the European Commission yesterday (16 April).
Health 12-02-2013

EU ministers to meet over horsemeat concerns

EU ministers will hold a meeting in Brussels tomorrow (13 February) to deal with the fallout from the horsemeat scandal as investigations in France and the UK continued yesterday.
Health 11-02-2013

Romania’s Ponta ‘very angry’ at horsemeat fraud allegations

The Romanian prime minister said on Monday (11 February) that any fraud over horsemeat sold as beef had not happened in his country and he was angered by suggestions it might have been.
Health 11-02-2013

EU-wide alert as British horsemeat scandal takes ‘criminal’ turn

Swedish frozen-food company Findus withdrew all its beef lasagna ready meals from supermarkets after tests revealed they contained up to 100% horsemeat. But the investigation took an EU-wide dimension as British investigators found evidence of "gross negligence or possibly criminality" involving several countries.
Agrifood 05-10-2012

Food safety agency questions French GMO report

The European Food Safety Authority on Thursday (4 October) rebuked a French biologist’s study that questions the safety of Monsanto’s genetically modified maize and Roundup herbicide, saying in a preliminary report that the research was “of insufficient scientific quality.”