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Pesticides in food: latest figures remain steady

Europeans continue to eat food that is largely free of pesticide residues or which contains levels of residues within legal limits, the latest monitoring figures show. More than 96% of samples analysed for the latest annual report on pesticide residues in ...

25 July 2018
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Listeria monocytogenes: update on foodborne outbreak

Frozen corn and possibly other frozen vegetables are the likely source of an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes that has been affecting Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom since 2015. Experts used whole genome sequencing to identify ...

03 July 2018
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Whole genome sequencing in food safety: the state of play

EFSA has published two reports which provide a picture of how whole genome sequencing (WGS) can be used in food safety and how extensively such techniques are used in Europe. WGS is increasingly used in public health and food safety laboratories, but it i ...

29 June 2018
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Chemical mixtures – have your say on draft approach

In an important step forward in its work on “chemical mixtures” EFSA has launched a public consultation on its draft guidance on harmonised methodologies for assessing combined exposure to multiple chemicals. A second related consultation concerns how EFS ...

26 June 2018
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Neonicotinoids: EFSA evaluates emergency uses

EFSA has examined the scientific basis for emergency authorisations of neonicotinoid pesticides which were granted in seven EU Member States in 2017. EFSA’s reports evaluate on a country-by-country basis whether other pesticides could have been substitute ...

21 June 2018
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Guidance on identifying endocrine disruptors published

EFSA and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have published their guidance on how to identify substances with endocrine disrupting properties in pesticides and biocides. The European Commission tasked EFSA and ECHA with developing harmonised guidance to ...

07 June 2018
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Glyphosate: safety of residue levels reviewed

EFSA has completed its review of the maximum levels of glyphosate that are legally permitted to be present in food. The review is based on data on glyphosate residues in food submitted to EFSA by all EU Member States. The maximum residue levels (MRLs) are ...

17 May 2018
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Fipronil: results of follow-up monitoring published

EFSA has published its analysis of food data collected following the widespread detection of fipronil residues in eggs last summer. Member States submitted to EFSA the results of more than 5,000 samples of eggs and chicken collected between 1 September an ...

03 May 2018
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Pesticides: pilot assessments on cumulative risk near to completion

EFSA is close to completing two landmark assessments of the risks posed to consumers by multiple pesticides. The pilot assessments – looking at the cumulative effects of exposure to pesticides in food on the human nervous and thyroid systems – are expecte ...

19 April 2018
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