EU modifies controls on imported food products

EUROPE – In accordance with revised legislation on the frequency of official controls and emergency measures for food of non-animal origin imported into Europe, modified every six months, the European Commission has relaxed checks on certain commodities and increased controls on others. Decisions are taken in the first half of 2022 based on notifications posted to the Rapid Alert System…

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Nordic food safety regulatory representatives identify hazards in seaweed

EUROPE – A collaborative Nordic initiative that began in 2020 with the aim of creating a unified Nordic approach to seaweed food safety risk management has just come to an end, and its final report focuses on the chemical and microbiological risks connected to the commodity. Representatives from the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden who oversee food safety…

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EFSA experts declare aged meat as safe as fresh counterpart

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has declared that aged meat does not pose any additional dangers to fresh meat if it’s aged under controlled conditions. Following a request from the European Commission, the Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards(BIOHAZ) was asked to provide a scientific opinion on the impact of prolonged ageing of meat using the dry-ageing process…

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EFSA sets safe levels of intake for copper

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Scientific Committee has concluded that no retention of copper is expected to occur with an intake of up to 5 mg per day and established an acceptable daily intake (safe level) of 0.07 milligrams per kilogram of body weight for the adult population. EFSA had earlier given room for public consultations which…

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Researchers discover growing mycotoxin levels  in European wheat

EUROPE – A University of Bath study has revealed that mycotoxins are increasingly attacking wheat across Europe, placing human and animal life at risk. The research team, under the direction of Neil Brown, Ph.D., looked at the largest monitoring datasets for Fusarium mycotoxins that were made accessible by governments and the agricultural sector, with a particular emphasis on wheat entering…

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European Commission spells out maximum levels for PFAS in food

EUROPE – The European Commission has established maximum limits for Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), popularly known as “forever chemicals,” which will take effect come January 1, 2023. Foods may stay on the market until their use-by date or date of minimum durability if they were put there legally before January 1, 2023. Limits have been specified for eggs, fishery…

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EFSA publishes protocol for evaluating risks associated with plasticizers used in food contact materials

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released its scientific protocol for the hazard assessment of plasticizer substances used in food contact materials (FCMs). which lays out the guidelines for how the study will be done. The protocol is the most recent development in its preparatory work to reevaluate the health concerns associated with plasticizers used in various FCMs…

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UNIDO aids Georgia in establishing sustainable laboratory infrastructure

GEORGIA – In order to support investments in the development of food laboratories for trade standard compliance and improved access to international markets, Georgia has launched its Strategic Roadmap for Sustainable Laboratory Infrastructure Development, which will offer guidance to public and private stakeholders on resource planning. While agriculture is one of the key sectors of the Georgian economy and is…

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EFSA, ECDC report shows surge in zoonotic diseases and foodborne outbreaks

EUROPE – The EU’s One Health zoonosis report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control  (ECDC) has revealed an increase in reported cases of zoonotic diseases and foodborne outbreaks in 2021 compared to the previous year. However, according to the report, the levels are still much below those of the…

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Researchers invent technology to zap out Staphylococcus in milk

EUROPE – Researchers at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague have developed magnetic microrobots that can efficiently bind and isolate Staphylococcus aureus in milk. Bovine mastitis produced by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) can cause problems in milk quality and production due to the staphylococcal enterotoxins produced by this bacterium. Given that S. aureus may withstand pasteurization and thermal sterilization…

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