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Plain language summary: The European Union One Health 2018 Zoonoses Report

Zoonoses are infectious diseases that are spread between animals and humans and can be caused by microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. They are among the most common foodborne diseases (commonly referred to as food poisoning) and ...

12 December 2019
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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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Chemicals in food 2016: Overview of selected data collection

Pesticide residues in vegetables? Contaminants in palm oil? Traces of veterinary medicines in meat? This report provides an overview of data collected by EU Member States and analysed by EFSA in 2015 and 2016 to monitor chemicals in food and help protect ...

15 December 2016
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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 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: 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: 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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