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Furan in food – EFSA confirms health concerns

Consumer exposure to furan and methylfurans in food could lead to possible long-term liver damage. The most exposed group of people are infants, mainly through consumption of ready-to-eat jarred or canned foods. Exposure in other population groups is main ...

25 October 2017
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Pyrrolizidine alkaloids in tea, herbal infusions and food supplements

Exposure to pyrrolizidine alkaloids in food, in particular for frequent and high consumers of tea and herbal infusions, is a possible long-term concern for human health due to their potential carcinogenicity, say EFSA’s experts. The consumption of food su ...

27 July 2017
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Scientists investigate origin of isolated BSE cases

The European response to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) after the crisis of the 1980s has significantly reduced prevalence of the disease in cattle.  However, isolated cases are still being reported in the EU and for this reason the European Commi ...

13 July 2017
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Hepatitis E: raw pork is main cause of infection in EU

Consumption of raw or undercooked pork meat and liver is the most common cause of hepatitis E infection in the EU, said EFSA. More than 21,000 cases of hepatitis E infections have been reported in humans over the last 10 years, with an overall 10-fold inc ...

11 July 2017
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New insights on perceptions of antimicrobial resistance

Do you think enough is being done to control or prevent overuse of antibiotics in farm animals? Do antibiotics kill viruses? These are some of the questions that EFSA asked farmers, veterinarians and consumers through its survey aimed at gauging awareness ...

06 March 2017
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Food safety: simpler rules proposed for small retailers

EFSA has proposed a simplified approach to food safety management in small retail businesses such as grocery shops, butchers, and bakeries. The approach includes guidelines on how to identify the most relevant biological, chemical and physical hazards at ...

02 March 2017
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Antimicrobial resistance remains high, says EU report

Bacteria found in humans, animals and food continue to show resistance to widely used antimicrobials, says the latest report on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Pre ...

22 February 2017
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Feeding milk containing residues of antimicrobials to calves

Dairy calves fed milk from cows treated with antimicrobials have a higher probability of excreting  resistant bacteria through their faeces than those who aren’t. This is one of the conclusions of an EFSA scientific opinion on the risk of antimicrobial re ...

27 January 2017
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