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Phyto fight: reinforcing Europe’s plant defences

The European Union has a rigorous system of protective measures in place to guard against the introduction or spread of plant pests within the EU. This regime is currently being upgraded to put a sharper focus on high-risk trade coming from third countrie ...

19 November 2014

Apple snail poses a serious threat to south European wetlands

The apple snail could have massive consequences for biodiversity if it establishes in the freshwater wetlands of southern Europe. The risk is high for species such as amphibians and for some already threatened species, as well as for the diversity of nati ...

30 April 2014

EFSA and EPPO hold joint workshop on data collection in plant health

More than 100 delegates gathered in Parma this week for a three-day conference on data collection in plant health organised jointly by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO). Deleg ...

02 April 2014

Measures to prevent entry of citrus pests ‘are appropriate’

Existing measures are effective at protecting the EU from two serious diseases that attack citrus plants. That is the conclusion of risk assessments carried out by EFSA on Phyllosticta citricarpa, the organism which causes citrus black spot, and Xanthomon ...

21 February 2014

The apple snail: a creeping threat to the environment?

The apple snails Pomacea maculata   and   P.canaliculata are some of the largest freshwater snails. They consume vast amounts of rice and can devastate the flora and fauna of natural wetlands. Native to South America, apple snails were introduced to Taiwa ...

18 February 2014

EFSA reviews apple snail threat

EFSA has reviewed the current scientific literature on the biology and ecology of the apple snail (Pomacea maculata and P.canaliculata), and refined its assessment of the potential for establishment of the snail in the EU. The latest EFSA opinion follows ...

12 December 2013

EFSA issues urgent advice on plant bacteria Xylella fastidiosa

Gallery The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that focusing on the trade of plants intended for planting and on the presence of infective insects in plant consignments would be the most effective ways of limiting the spread of the bacter ...

26 November 2013

Plant health: EFSA consults on citrus canker and citrus black spot

EFSA’s Panel on Plant Health has launched public consultations on two scientific opinions related to the health of citrus plants: the first assesses the risk from two strains of Xanthomonas campestris that cause citrus bacterial canker; the second assesse ...

31 July 2013

EFSA reviews work on bees

EFSA has completed a full review of all its risk assessment activities and scientific outputs related to bees and bee health. An inventory has been compiled which will now be assessed by EFSA’s scientific experts to identify areas for further cross-discip ...

20 November 2012

EFSA welcomes Declaration of Support from Advisory Forum

The European Food Safety Authority welcomes the statement issued by its Advisory Forum in support of EFSA’s decade-long contribution to the progress of food safety in Europe. The Forum has also endorsed the Authority’s ongoing commitment to independence a ...

09 October 2012