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FAQ: phthalates in plastic food contact materials

EFSA has updated its risk assessment of five phthalates used in plastic food contact material. What are phthalates? Phthalates are chemicals used to soften (or ‘plasticise’) plastics used in a range of industrial and consumer products including plastic fo ...

10 December 2019
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Public consultation: cumulative risk assessment of pesticides

EFSA is carrying out a public consultation on its pilot assessments of the risks posed to humans by residues of multiple pesticides in food. Interested parties have until 15 November to submit comments on two assessments: one considers chronic effects on ...

17 September 2019
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FAQ: cumulative risk assessment of pesticides

  Why is EFSA working on cumulative risk assessment? Risks to consumers from the presence of pesticide residues in food are currently estimated substance by substance. However, a number of pesticides have similar effects and their impact on human health c ...

17 September 2019
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EFSA issues new advice on phosphates

Estimated total intake of phosphates from food may exceed the safe level set by EFSA after re-evaluating their safety. EFSA’s scientists also recommend the introduction of maximum permitted levels to reduce the content of phosphates when used as additives ...

12 June 2019
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Whole genome sequencing shows promise in fight against AMR

The use of whole genome sequencing can improve the way antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is monitored in food and animals, EFSA says in a new report published today. Ahead of the revised legislation on AMR monitoring that is due to come into force in 2021, E ...

05 June 2019
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