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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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‘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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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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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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Coronavirus: no evidence that food is a source or transmission route

EFSA is closely monitoring the situation regarding the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that is affecting a large number of countries across the globe. There is currently no evidence that food is a likely source or route of transmission of the v ...

09 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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