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EFSA explains risk assessment: nitrites and nitrates added to food

In June 2017 EFSA published two scientific opinions on its re-evaluation of nitrites and nitrates added to food. This summary explains why nitrites and nitrates are present in food, and what EFSA’s experts concluded on their safety. ISBN number:  978-92-9 ...

15 June 2017
Corporate Publication

Chemicals in food 2016: Overview of selected data collection

Pesticide residues in vegetables? Contaminants in palm oil? Traces of veterinary medicines in meat? This report provides an overview of data collected by EU Member States and analysed by EFSA in 2015 and 2016 to monitor chemicals in food and help protect ...

15 December 2016
Corporate Publication

EFSA explains risk assessment: Acrylamide in food

Acrylamide is a chemical that naturally forms in starchy food products during every-day high-temperature cooking (frying, baking, roasting and also industrial processing at +120°C and low moisture). It mainly forms from sugars and amino acids (mainly one ...

04 June 2015
Corporate Publication

EFSA explains risk assessment: Caffeine

Caffeine is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in plant constituents such as coffee and cocoa beans, tea leaves, guarana berries and the kola nut, and has a long history of human consumption. It is added to a variety of foods, such as baked pas ...

27 May 2015
Corporate Publication

EFSA explains the Safety of Bisphenol A

BPA is a chemical compound used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastic food contact materials such as re-usable plastic tableware and can coatings (mainly as protective linings). Another widespread application of BPA is in thermal paper commonly used ...

21 January 2015
Corporate Publication

Multi-annual programme on International Scientific Cooperation 2014–2016

This multi-annual programme on ‘EFSA’s international scientific cooperation 2014–2016’ builds on EFSA’s ‘Strategic approach to international activities 2009–2012’ and is guided by the recommendations of EFSA’s Management Board in connection with the 2 nd ...

07 July 2014
Corporate Publication

EFSA explains the Safety of Aspartame

In EFSA’s first ever full risk assessment of the food additive aspartame, the Authority’s experts concluded that aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for human consumption at current levels of exposure. This four-page summary of the safety of asp ...