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Edible insects: the science of novel food evaluations

Today’s batch of EFSA scientific opinions on novel food applications includes the first completed assessment of a proposed insect-derived food product. Our safety evaluations are a necessary step in the regulation of novel food, as our scientific advice s ...

13 January 2021
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Slaughter of cattle: welfare issues assessed

EFSA has published an assessment of the welfare of cattle at slaughter, based on the most up-to-date scientific studies and research. The scientific opinion is the latest in a series on the welfare of animals at slaughter requested by the European Commiss ...

03 November 2020
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Dietary sugars – new date in 2021 for safety assessment

The timing of EFSA’s assessment of the safety of dietary sugars has been revised due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the review of the exceptionally high volume of scientific information being considered. A public consultation on the draft scien ...

03 August 2020
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Pesticides and bees: evidence on mortality rates reviewed

EFSA has completed a comprehensive analysis of the available scientific evidence on bee mortality, as part of its ongoing review of the guidance for assessing risks to bees from pesticides. The report published today is based on the largest systematic col ...

28 July 2020
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Pigs at slaughter: measures to address welfare concerns

Most of the hazards related to welfare of pigs at slaughter are due to inadequate staff skills and poorly designed and constructed facilities. That is one of the main conclusions of EFSA’s latest advice on welfare of animals during the slaughter process. ...

17 June 2020
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Chemical hazards data and modelling boost

EFSA has updated its OpenFoodTox database which now includes toxicity data on almost 5,000 chemicals drawn from over 2,000 scientific evaluations carried out by EFSA since 2002. OpenFoodTox was launched in 2017 to provide a single point of access for summ ...

27 March 2020
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Bees and pesticides: third consultation on guidance review

EFSA is carrying out a third stakeholder consultation as part of its review of the guidance on risk assessment of pesticides and bees. EFSA’s dedicated stakeholder consultation group and Member State pesticide network have been asked for feedback on the p ...

24 March 2020
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New surveys boost food consumption database

EFSA has expanded its food consumption database with a new batch of data collected under the EU Menu project. The new release includes nine additional dietary surveys carried out in six countries – Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, the Netherlands and Slo ...

07 February 2020
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