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EFSA advises on heat treatment of bivalve molluscs

Experts at EFSA have evaluated possible alternatives to the current heat treatments of molluscs required by EU legislation before they are placed on the market. Such treatments, which are needed to kill possible viruses, may alter the quality of the final ...

14 December 2015

EFSA to re-open 2012 and 2013 reports on zoonoses

EFSA is reviewing its 2012 and 2013  European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-borne Outbreaks  due to inconsistencies in the data submitted by some Member States. In the 2012 report, data under revision are ...

13 October 2015

Scrapie: no evidence of threat to humans under real-life conditions

Recent scientific evidence reviewed by EFSA does not change the conclusion of a 2011 ECDC-EFSA joint scientific opinion: there is no scientific proof that Classical scrapie can be transmitted from animals to humans under real-life conditions. A new study ...

05 August 2015

Cross-cutting assessment methodology developments at EFSA

Interview with Tony Hardy, Chair of EFSA’s Scientific Committee   Tony Hardy Chair of EFSA’s Scientific Committee Professor Tony Hardy is an ecologist, environmental chemist and ecotoxicologist with extensive research and risk assessment experience. His p ...

27 March 2015

Ebola: risk of transmission through food

There is no evidence that the Ebola virus can be transmitted through food in the European Union, according to EFSA scientists. The report published today assesses the risk of Ebola transmission from the consumption of raw foods – such as plants, fruits an ...

18 March 2015

Foods of non-animal origin: what are the risks?

Foods of non-animal origin – such as fruit, vegetables, cereals, and spices – are an important part of our daily diet. Usually these types of food are associated with healthy eating and do not pose any health concerns. However, sometimes their consumption ...

13 March 2015

EFSA announces more open plenary meetings in Brussels

EFSA is making it easier for external observers to attend open plenary meetings of its scientific panels and Scientific Committee with most open plenaries taking place in Brussels this year. EFSA is also allowing more observers to participate and has adju ...

22 January 2015