EFSA GMO panel declares herbicide-tolerant maize MON 87429 safe

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) GMO Panel has declared herbicide-tolerant maize MON 87429 safe for import, processing, and food and feed uses within the European Union (EU). On 2 October 2019, Bayer Agriculture submitted the EFSA-GMO-NL-2019-161 application under Regulation (EU) No 503/2013, requesting that the EFSA GMO Panel provide a Scientific Opinion on the safety of GM…

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EFSA outlines mitigation measures for AMR spread during animal transit

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has identified the presence of resistant bacteria in animals before transport as one of the main risk factors contributing to the transmission of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This is after an assessment requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) on the risk of resistant zoonotic…

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EFSA appoints new Chief Scientist

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has appointed Carlos Gonçalo das Neves as its new Chief Scientist. Das Neves, a Portuguese and Norwegian national, holds a PhD in Veterinary Science, his areas of research and teaching being animal health, biodiversity, emerging threats, and One Health. “I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to join EFSA and its amazing…

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EFSA declares Five-event GM Stack Maize, subcombinations safe

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has declared the herbicide tolerant and insect resistant maize, Five-event GM Stack Maize and its subcombinations as Safe as Non-GM Maize. Following the submission of application EFSA-GMO-NL-2018-151 the Panel on genetically modified organisms (GMO) of the European Food Safety Authority was asked to deliver a Scientific Opinion on the safety of genetically…

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EFSA flags off new Management Board with wide scope of representatives

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority has flagged off its new Management Board comprising of representatives of all EU Member States, the European Commission, and the European Parliament, as well as representatives of civil society and food chain interests. The previous structure of the Board consisted of 14 members with expertise relating to the food chain who did not…

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EFSA declares Ÿnsect’s lesser mealworm safe for human consumption

FRANCE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has declared Ÿnsect’s lesser mealworm (Alphitobius diaperinus) safe for human consumption. Following this opinion, the first regarding this specific insect species, the European Commission (EC) will prepare a draft to regulate the product commercialization in the EU, with final authorization expected by early 2023. The positive opinion comes after an application by…

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EFSA set to reduce Acceptable Daily Intake recommendation for copper

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is set to cut the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for copper from all sources in food from 0.15 mg/kg of body weight (bw) to 0.07 mg/kg bw based on an updated evaluation of the scientific evidence. EFSA’s Scientific Committee was asked to review the ADI for copper used in the various sectors…

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Cannabidiol’s safety as novel food still under scrutiny due to data gaps

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has declined to declare cannabidiol (CBD) as a novel food safe for consumption due to data gaps and uncertainties about potential hazards related to CBD intake. Cannabidiol is a substance that can be obtained from Cannabis sativa L. plants and be synthesized chemically as well. It has no psychoactive properties and, depending…

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Brussels to implement mandatory cold treatment for South African oranges

BELGIUM – Brussels has purposed to implement the cold treatment regulation for South African oranges before the start of the southern hemisphere export season, which is in just a few weeks. Brussels’ firmness on cold treatment and its immediate application are evident in the letter that the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, sent to reply to the…

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Study shows antibiotic resistance in Salmonella, Campylobacter still on rise

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have in a report indicated that antibiotic resistance in Salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria is still on the rise. According to the report, Campylobacteriosis was the most reported zoonosis in the EU in 2020 and the most frequently reported cause of foodborne illness.…

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