About: European Food Safety Authority Archives

  • Food safety agency’s reliability faces fresh criticism

    News | Agrifood 15-02-2012

    The EU agency charged with reviewing the safety of biotech crops and food products has “frequent conflicts of interest” with the industries it is supposed to evaluate, says a report that adds renewed doubts about its scientific assessments.

  • German authorities blame ‘bad luck’ in E.coli deaths

    News | Agrifood 14-06-2011

    Germany has finally pinned down the deadly E.coli outbreak to contaminated bean sprouts and shoots grown at an organic farm in northern Germany. But officials said they do not plan to take legal action against the organic grower, saying the contamination was down to "bad luck".

  • Ireland in biggest food scare since ‘mad cow’ disease

    News | Agrifood 08-12-2008

    Ireland will destroy an estimated 100,000 pigs as the country finds itself embroiled in what is seen as the EU's biggest contaminated food scare since BSE, commonly known as the mad cow disease, brought about the destruction of over four million cattle in the UK five years ago.

  • Animal cloning for food ‘unjustified’, say EU citizens

    News | Agrifood 10-10-2008

    The vast majority of European citizens have a general negative perception of animal cloning for food production, saying that too little is known of its long-term health and safety effects, according to an EU-wide poll presented yesterday (9 October) by the European Commission.

  • SMEs hit out at cost of EU food labelling proposals

    News | Agrifood 29-08-2008

    A public hearing in the European Parliament on 28 August 2008 saw food industry stakeholders hit out against Commission proposals on nutrition labelling, which they say are overly complex and will push up costs for small businesses.

  • EU food safety agency aims for more transparency

    News | Agrifood 09-06-2008

    Amid growing criticism of its GMO bias and growing overall workload, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has decided to develop a database of external scientific experts to help the agency carry out risk assessments and enhance the transparency of the expert recruitment process. 

  • Bluetongue adds to UK farmers’ woes

    News | Health 24-09-2007

    UK veterinary authorities informed the European Commission on 22 September 2007 of the presence of the bluetongue viral infection in cattle near Ipswich, Suffolk, in another blow for farmers beset by the reinstatement of the EU's ban on British meat exports, following the re-emergence of foot-and-mouth disease in the UK.  

  • UK study adds weight to EU food additives review

    News | Health 07-09-2007

    Just as the European food safety agency is reviewing EU legislation on food additives, a UK study found that certain mixtures of food additives - likely to be found in soft drinks, confectionery and ice cream - can cause hyperactivity in children. 

  • EU watchdog raises concern over food pesticide levels

    News | Agrifood 16-03-2007

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has expressed doubts over proposed Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for pesticides in member states, saying that risks could not be excluded with 144 substances.

  • EFSA officially inaugurated in Parma

    News | Health 22-06-2005

    At the opening ceremony of the European Food Safety Authority, the Commission President Barroso emphasised the role of the agency in increasing consumer confidence.

  • MEPs supports creation of European Food Safety Authority

    News | Climate change 26-10-2000

    The European Parliament adopts the Commission's White Paper on food safety