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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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Feed additives: new guidance for renewal of authorisation

EFSA has published new guidance on the information applicants need to include in their dossiers for the renewal of the authorisation of feed additives. Feed additives are authorised for 10 years. Subsequently, applicants must submit a new request showing ...

07 January 2021
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‘Use by’ or ‘best before’? New tool to support food operators

EFSA has developed a tool to help food business operators decide when to apply the ‘use by’ or ‘best before’ date to their products. The ‘use by’ date on food is about safety – foods can be eaten until this date but not after, even if they look and smell ...

02 December 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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Ochratoxin A in food: public health risks assessed

EFSA has published a scientific opinion on public health risks related to the presence of ochratoxin A (OTA) in food – a mycotoxin naturally produced by moulds that can be found in a variety of foodstuffs including cereals, preserved meats, fresh and drie ...

13 May 2020
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Cumulative risk assessment of pesticides: FAQ

Why is EFSA working on cumulative risk assessment? Risks to consumers from the presence of pesticide residues in food are currently estimated substance by substance. However, a number of pesticides have similar effects and their impact on human health cou ...

29 April 2020
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Pesticides: first cumulative risk reports published

EFSA has published the results of its two pilot assessments on the risks posed to humans by residues of multiple pesticides in food. The assessments – one considering chronic effects on the thyroid system and the other acute effects on the nervous system ...

29 April 2020
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Listeria in frozen vegetables: how to reduce risks

EFSA has assessed the risks to public health from Listeria contamination of vegetables that are blanched – scalded in hot water or steam for a short time – before they are frozen. They conclude that the risks associated with the consumption of these produ ...

20 April 2020
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