TOMRA FOOD partners with ICOEL to strengthen customer support for fruit packers

EUROPE – In accordance with the agreement struck between TOMRA Food, a leader in post-harvest solutions, and ICOEL S.r.l., ICOEL will serve as TOMRA Food’s integrated business partner for Europe and our partner in cherry solutions for LATAM. ICOEL has been operating in the fruit and vegetable industry for fifty years becoming a leading company in the design, construction and…

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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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EU revises rules on ethylene oxide to ease enforcement

EUROPE – The European Commission has reviewed its regulation on the use of ethylene oxide in food additives so as to provide clarity on the allowable levels and address challenges faced during enforcement. Ethylene oxide is a gaseous disinfectant, originally used for sterilization purposes and for decreasing salmonella occurrence in foods. It is a highly irritating and mutagenic chemical, considered…

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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 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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Report shows increase in number of food safety reports

EUROPE – The European Commission through its Alert and Cooperation Network (ACN) platform, has released a report showing that there was an increase in the number of food safety reports in 2021. ACN is composed of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), Administrative Assistance and Cooperation system (AAC) and the Food Fraud Network (FFN). In 2021, 4,607…

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EU updates list of imported products subject to contamination checks

EUROPE – The European Commission has updated the list of imported products subject to checks for aflatoxins, pesticides and microbial contamination. The regulation, which came into force earlier this month, temporarily changes the rate of official controls and puts emergency measures on entry into the EU of certain goods from some non-EU countries. The Commission modifies the rules every six…

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Norway officials petition EU draft rules on shelf life of eggs

NORWAY – The European Commission has received appeals from Norwegian officials over their proposed draft regulations on setting a 28-day shelf life limit for eggs. Norway is part of the European Economic Area (EEA) but is not an EU member state. The draft from the EU Commission would move a provision on the expiry date for table eggs to hygiene…

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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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