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Multi-country Salmonella outbreak

Seven countries have reported human cases of Salmonella Enteritidis between 1 May and 12 October 2016 (112 confirmed and 148 probable). Cases have been reported by Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. In addition, Croa ...

27 October 2016

Bisphenol A: new immune system evidence useful but limited

New data confirm EFSA’s previous conclusion that bisphenol A (BPA) might affect the immune system in animals, but the evidence is too limited to draw any conclusions for human health. Following a request from the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Spor ...

13 October 2016

Food colours: titanium dioxide marks re-evaluation milestone

EFSA has completed its re-evaluation of all food colours permitted for use in the European Union before 2009. For the final re-evaluation, EFSA’s experts concluded that available data on titanium dioxide (E 171) in food do not indicate health concerns for ...

14 September 2016

Re-evaluation of food colours: EFSA completes major programme

From jellies to jams, from desserts to drinks, food colours are added to many foods to make up for colour loss, enhance naturally occurring colours or add colour to foods that would otherwise look colourless. As with all food additives, only colours whose ...

14 September 2016

Breaking news from EFSA’s expert meetings: biological hazards

Watch our news video report to find out what was discussed at this week’s open meeting of EFSA’s Panel on Biological Hazards. EFSA is constantly looking at ways to make its scientific work more open and transparent. We are publishing video reports like th ...

08 September 2016

Colistin: reduce use in animals, says EMA

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has updated its 2013 scientific advice on the use in animals of the antibiotic colistin. The new advice was requested by the European Commission following the discovery of a new mechanism of resistance in bacteria to co ...

27 July 2016

Public health risks of the Bacillus cereus group

EFSA experts have updated a 2005 scientific opinion on the risks to public health related to Bacillus cereus and other Bacillus species in food. The Bacillus cereus group comprises eight species. One of these, Bacillus thuringiensis, is used as a biopesti ...

20 July 2016

EFSA advises on meat spoilage during storage and transport

EFSA assessed the impact of time and temperature on the growth of spoilage bacteria in fresh beef, pork, lamb and poultry. Its experts used predictive models to compare the growth of spoilage bacteria with the growth of disease-causing (pathogenic) bacter ...

30 June 2016

BPA update: experts start immunotoxicity review

EFSA has set up a working group of international experts to evaluate new scientific evidence on the potential effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on the immune system. The experts will follow up a first discussion this week with a two-day meeting later in the su ...

20 June 2016