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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
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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
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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: 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: 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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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
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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
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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 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 ...

10 December 2013
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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. ISBN number:  978-92-9199-384-0 Catalogue number:  T ...