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EFSA explains risk assessment: Glyphosate

Glyphosate is an active substance that is widely used in pesticides. In 2015, EFSA and EU Member States completed a risk assessment and peer review that updates our scientific knowledge of the toxicity of glyphosate. This non-specialist summary provides a ...

12 November 2015
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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
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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
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EFSA explains zoonotic diseases: Zoonotic E. coli

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacterium that is found in the intestines of healthy humans and animals, and which is part of the normal bacterial flora. However, some E. coli strains can cause diseases and lead to serious infection. ISBN number:  978-92- ...

14 July 2014
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EFSA explains zoonotic diseases: Salmonella

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause an illness called salmonellosis in humans. In the European Union over 90,000 salmonellosis cases are reported every year. EFSA has estimated that the overall economic burden of human salmonellosis could be as high ...

14 July 2014
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EFSA explains zoonotic diseases: Campylobacter

Campylobacter is a bacterium that can cause an illness called campylobacteriosis in humans. With about 200,000 human cases every year, this disease is the most frequently reported food-borne illness in the European Union (EU). However, the actual number o ...

14 July 2014
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EFSA explains zoonotic diseases: Food-borne zoonotic diseases

Zoonoses are infections or diseases that can be transmitted directly or indirectly between animals and humans, for instance by consuming contaminated foodstuffs or through contact with infected animals. The European Food Safety Authority’s independent sci ...

21 February 2014
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EFSA explains zoonotic diseases: Listeria

Listeria is a group of bacteria that contains ten species. One of these, Listeria monocytogenes, causes the disease “listeriosis” in humans and animals. Although listeriosis is rare, the disease is often severe with high hospitalisation and mortality rate ...

21 February 2014
Corporate Publication

EFSA explains zoonotic diseases: Food-borne zoonotic diseases

Zoonoses are infections or diseases that can be transmitted directly or indirectly between animals and humans, for instance by consuming contaminated foodstuffs or through contact with infected animals. ISBN number:  978-92-9199-384-0 Catalogue number:  T ...