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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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App developer console opens up our food safety data

A new “developer portal” using application programming interface (API) technology makes EFSA’s information more accessible to software developers, allowing them to design creative new apps and tools for use by the food safety assessment community or consu ...

01 July 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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Bees and pesticides: stakeholders to participate in guidance review

EFSA is setting up a stakeholder consultative group to support its upcoming review of the guidance on risk assessment of pesticides and bees. The group will be consulted at various stages during the review and provide input to the EFSA scientific working ...

08 May 2019
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Public consultation: phthalates used in food contact materials

  EFSA is launching a public consultation on the draft update of its 2005 risk assessments of five phthalates which are authorised for use in plastic food contact materials. For the updated draft opinion, EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes an ...

21 February 2019
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EFSA to share data on open-access platform

EFSA has taken a major step towards becoming a fully open data organisation by committing to publish the scientific data it uses for EU-wide monitoring programmes and surveys and many of its risk assessments. In a report published today, EFSA lays out how ...

17 January 2019
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Communications methodology a breakthrough for social science at EFSA

EFSA’s new approach to communicating scientific uncertainties was made possible by fusing the expertise of social scientists, natural scientists and communicators. The experts’ knowledge of social research on people’s understanding of uncertainties and th ...

16 January 2019
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Food chemical occurrence data: nominations open for stakeholder group

EFSA is inviting nominations for membership of its stakeholder discussion group on food chemical occurrence data. Networking with stakeholders, Member States, EU and international agencies is key to collecting the data needed for EFSA’s scientific assessm ...

12 September 2018
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