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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Food Standards Agency dispels EFSA’s findings on titanium dioxide’s toxicity

UK -The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has dispelled the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA),  research findings which flag titanium dioxide’s toxicity as a whitening food colorant – declining to ban the artificial additive. Producers in mainland Europe are currently required to reformulate their food and beverage products over a four-month window of phasing out titanium dioxide, which is labeled…

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EFSA backs high-pressure processing for destroying harmful microorganisms in food

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has in a scientific opinion concluded that high-pressure processing (HPP) of food is effective at destroying harmful microorganisms and poses no more food safety concerns than other treatments. EFSA experts assessed the safety and efficacy of HPP of food and, more specifically, whether it can be used to control Listeria monocytogenes in…

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EFSA opens public consultation on proposed draft methodology for animal welfare

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a period of public consultation on the proposed draft methodology for animal welfare under the Farm to Fork Strategy, which aims to make agriculture practices in Europe more sustainable, through an integrated food policy that covers the full supply chain As part of the Farm to Fork Strategy, the EU…

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EU grants Novel Food authorizations to house cricket, yellow mealworms

EUROPE – The European Union has granted Novel Food authorizations to house crickets (Acheta domesticus) and yellow mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) following a three-year evaluation process that deemed them safe for human consumption. The two insect species have been approved as high protein food ingredients across a broad range of European Food and Beverage (F&B) platforms, including multigrain bread rolls, dried…

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SCS seeks EFSA approval in use of mechanically recycled polystyrene as food contact material

BELGIUM – Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS), the value chain initiative to realize the circular economy for styrenic polymers, has filed its second application for the European Union (EU) authorization of mechanically recycled polystyrene (rPS) as food contact material. SCS now has two submissions to be assessed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Both cover the same multiple end-consumer applications,…

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EU’s ban on titanium dioxide over safety concerns comes into effect

EUROPE – The ban on titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a food additive has finally come into force across the European Union (EU), after it was deemed as “not safe” by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Also known as E171, TiO2 is used as a color in the nutrition industry, including as an opacifier in capsules. It is used in…

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