Aquaculture Advisory Council highlights safety differences in farmed and caught fish

EUROPE – The Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC), a balanced stakeholder representative organization created for consultation on elements of Union policies which could affect aquaculture, has urged food safety authorities to give consumers accurate information about the risks related to fish species, as different fish production methods can cause different food safety risks. The council, which includes industry and other stakeholders, provides advice to the European Commission and member states on new regulations at the European Union (EU) or national levels that impact aquaculture. Fish contributes to a healthy diet but…

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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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EFSA recognizes need for South African citrus imports to undergo cold treatment

SOUTH AFRICA – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recognized the need for South African citrus exports to the community market to undergo cold treatment to rid them of pests, consistent with the transcript of the meetings held by the Standing Committee on Vegetables, Animals, Food, and Feed (Plant Health sections). In their presentation during the meeting, the EFSA experts stressed that the most effective measure is the cold treatment. In view of this, the European Commission has initiated a process to review the conditions under which South African…

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EFSA commences risk analysis on spread of AMR during animal transport

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set the ball rolling on a new assessment looking at the risk of antimicrobial resistant bacteria spreading during animal transport. The assessment, which was requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), will focus on the risk of resistant zoonotic bacteria spreading among poultry, pigs and cattle during transport to other farms or to slaughterhouses. When antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs in zoonotic bacteria – bacteria that can be passed from animals to humans –…

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Eat Just’s plant-based egg chief ingredient declared safe

U.S – Eat Just, Inc., a private company that develops and markets plant-based alternatives to egg and meat, has announced that the chief ingredient in its popular plant-based JUST Egg products, mung bean protein, has received approval from the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) expert panel on nutrition. This paves way for the inceptive launch of JUST Egg to take place in Europe in mid-2022 after the European Commission winds up its review. By participating in the European Union’s novel food process and passing the EFSA Panel on Nutrition, Novel…

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EFSA updates requirements for enzyme application in food industry

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has developed an updated scientific guidance to assist applicants in the preparation of applications for food enzymes, following a request by the European Commission. In May 2020 the European Commission mandated EFSA to update the scientific part of the guidance document with a deadline of 18 months. The new guidance took a bit less than 18 months to develop, fulfilling the set timeline. The new document, takes into consideration recent scientific developments in various areas of risk assessment of food enzymes. In…

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EFSA, ECHA kick off parallel consultations on glyphosate evaluations

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have started parallel consultations on the initial scientific evaluations of glyphosate. In the parallel consultations, EFSA will gather feedback on the renewal assessment report on glyphosate while ECHA’s consultation is on the harmonized classification and labelling report. The initial scientific evaluations put out for consultation were both prepared by the Assessment Group on Glyphosate (AGG), which comprises national competent authorities in France, Hungary, the Netherlands and Sweden. Glyphosate is a chemical that is widely used in…

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EFSA approves use of Lalmin Vitamin D yeast in broader food range

CANADA – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has acknowledged after a detailed food intake assessment, the use of Lalmin vitamin D (VitaD) yeast-previously only allowed in baked goods and dietary supplements- in 34 food categories including fermented milk or cream products and meat or dairy analogues, for all target populations. Lallemand range of VitaD Yeast products are a natural and vegetarian source of Vitamin D that can be used to enhance the Vitamin D content of baked goods, and in particular of bread. In May 2020, Lallemand Bio-ingredients, a…

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EFSA panel asserts safety of genetically modified oilseed rape 73496

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) has affirmed the non-toxicity and non-allergenicity of oilseed rape 73496 following a risk assessment. Oilseed rape 73496 was developed to confer tolerance to glyphosate through the expression of the glyphosate acetyltransferase protein GAT4621. Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide and a plant’s tolerance to it enables farmers to kill weeds without harming the crops thus enhancing yields.  The GMO panel was tasked to carry out a scientific assessment of oilseed rape 73496 meant for import, processing and…

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European Food Safety Authority flags titanium dioxide as “non-safe” whitening food additive

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) has, in its latest safety assessment, flagged titanium dioxide (E171) as a “non-safe” whitening food additive. Titanium dioxide is commonly used as a pigment to bring a bright and smooth white appearance to pastries or confectionery or to opacify yogurt or ice cream. The compound is also used in candy, chewing gum, cake icing and white sauces. Its whitening power and the chemical inertness has made it an almost unchallenged whitening pigment in F&B for many years. EFSA finds E171 unsafe Questions…

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