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Low incidence of TSEs in the EU, EFSA confirms

EFSA has published its second EU summary report on the monitoring of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). TSEs are a group of diseases that affect the brain and nervous system of humans and animals. These include bovine spongiform encephalopa ...

30 November 2017
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Neonicotinoids: update on risks to bees due early next year

EFSA’s updated risk assessments on the potential risks to bees from neonicotinoid pesticides will be finalised in February 2018. The assessments for clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam will be finalised following a final round of consultation with ...

14 November 2017
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African swine fever: sharing best practices is critical to stop spread

Sharing best practices in fighting African swine fever is critical to halt the spread of the disease, say EFSA experts. These include early detection methods and rigorous emergency measures. EFSA experts assisted Baltic countries and Poland in the analysi ...

08 November 2017
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Avian influenza: new scientific advice boosts EU preparedness

Migratory wild birds crossing the north-eastern and eastern border of the European Union is the most likely pathway for avian influenza to enter the territory, says EFSA. Experts assessed the risk of avian influenza entering the EU and reviewed surveillan ...

16 October 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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Bee groups embrace new EU partnership: trust is the key

Beekeepers, scientists, policy-makers and other relevant parties are to set up a European bee partnership that could transform the way bee health is assessed in the EU. The pledge was the main outcome of a major scientific meeting held in Brussels yesterd ...

27 June 2017
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Welfare insights on slaughter of pregnant animals

EFSA experts have examined issues surrounding the slaughter of pregnant farmed animals in Europe. According to EFSA expert judgement, on average 3% of dairy cows, 1.5 % of beef cattle, 0.5% of pigs, 0.8% sheep and 0.2% of goats in the EU are slaughtered d ...

30 May 2017
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Bee health: EFSA outlines data collection needs

EFSA’s MUST-B working group has finalised its requirements for the collection of field data needed to support its risk assessment model for bees. The model is currently being developed using published data and expert knowledge, but realistic field data wi ...

22 May 2017
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