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Pigs at slaughter: measures to address welfare concerns

Most of the hazards related to welfare of pigs at slaughter are due to inadequate staff skills and poorly designed and constructed facilities. That is one of the main conclusions of EFSA’s latest advice on welfare of animals during the slaughter process. ...

17 June 2020
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Listeria in frozen vegetables: how to reduce risks

EFSA has assessed the risks to public health from Listeria contamination of vegetables that are blanched – scalded in hot water or steam for a short time – before they are frozen. They conclude that the risks associated with the consumption of these produ ...

20 April 2020
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Chemical hazards data and modelling boost

EFSA has updated its OpenFoodTox database which now includes toxicity data on almost 5,000 chemicals drawn from over 2,000 scientific evaluations carried out by EFSA since 2002. OpenFoodTox was launched in 2017 to provide a single point of access for summ ...

27 March 2020
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Bees and pesticides: third consultation on guidance review

EFSA is carrying out a third stakeholder consultation as part of its review of the guidance on risk assessment of pesticides and bees. EFSA’s dedicated stakeholder consultation group and Member State pesticide network have been asked for feedback on the p ...

24 March 2020
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Coronavirus: no evidence that food is a source or transmission route

EFSA is closely monitoring the situation regarding the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that is affecting a large number of countries across the globe. There is currently no evidence that food is a likely source or route of transmission of the v ...

09 March 2020
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Rift Valley fever: risk low but EU must remain vigilant

The European Union is not at imminent risk from Rift Valley fever, but developments in neighbouring countries mean that the EU authorities and Member States should strengthen, improve and harmonise their surveillance and response capability as well as the ...

04 March 2020
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Novel coronavirus – where to find information

EFSA is not currently involved in the response to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China since food has not been identified as a likely source or route of transmission of the virus. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation with ongoing outbreak in ...

03 February 2020
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African swine fever: disease spreading slowly in EU

EFSA has published its latest annual update on the presence of African swine fever (ASF) in the European Union. During the period covered by the report – November 2018 to October 2019 – Czechia became officially ASF-free. The disease was, however, confirm ...

30 January 2020
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