EFSA launches consultations on risk assessment of plasticizers used in food contact materials

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched consultations on its draft opinion on the identification and prioritization for risk assessment of plasticizers used in food contact materials and on its draft protocol for the exposure assessment of those substances that are prioritized. The consultations will run for 6 weeks and all interested parties are encouraged to contribute. The two consultations respond to a request from the European Commission for EFSA to conduct preparatory work for the re-evaluation of the risks to public health from the presence of…

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Food safety analytical scientists point to food safety gaps in Africa

AFRICA – Food safety analytical scientists from across Africa have pointed to significant gaps in physical and human capacity throughout the continent to ensure that the food its population eats is healthy and nutritious, in a new survey released at the AOAC International Sub-Saharan Africa Section’s annual meeting in Johannesburg. The Sub-Saharan Africa Section of the AOAC serves as an effective vehicle to drive the improvement of analytical competence and capabilities as well as improving the standards and performance of food testing labs in Africa – be it private, research,…

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FDA releases web-based tool to aid users in exploring Food Safety and Nutrition Survey data

U.S – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released The Food Safety and Nutrition Survey (FSANS) Explorer, a web-based tool that allows users to interact with the Food Safety and Nutrition Survey data at any time to find answers to their specific questions. FSANS is FDA’s premier, national probability consumer survey designed to assess consumers’ awareness, knowledge, understanding, and self-reported behaviors relating to a variety of food safety and nutrition-related topics. As stated by the FDA, the new tool will allow users to explore the relationship between responses…

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