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Age to start complementary feeding of infants

At what age is it safe for infants to start eating pureed and finger foods in addition to breastmilk or formula? We have just completed a comprehensive evaluation of the scientific evidence on this topic, covering infant health, nutritional needs and deve ...

12 September 2019
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Updating DRVs: job done, after 10 years and 34 nutrients

The publication this week of dietary reference values (DRVs) for sodium and chloride marks the end of ten years of work by EFSA’s nutrition scientists. It started in 2009 after the European Commission asked EFSA to update values last set in the 19 90s for ...

04 September 2019
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Chlorpyrifos: assessment identifies human health effects

The pesticide chlorpyrifos does not meet the criteria required by legislation for the renewal of its approval in the European Union, EFSA has said in a statement. The approval period for chlorpyrifos expires in January 2020, and the manufacturers’ applica ...

02 August 2019
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Sugars opinion rescheduled to assess wealth of data

EFSA has updated the timeline for its scientific advice on dietary sugars due to the high volume of datasets and studies to be collected, analysed and assessed. EFSA has agreed a deadline extension with the five European countries that requested this scie ...

19 July 2019
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Guidance on bees and pesticides: work plan published

EFSA has outlined how it plans to review its guidance on the risk assessment of pesticides and bees in the EU. As the outline shows, stakeholders and pesticide experts from Member States will be consulted regularly throughout the process. The first consul ...

05 July 2019
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Bee health: EFSA’s work recognised at EU awards

EFSA’s work to raise awareness about bee health was recognised this week when it received the Excellence through Collaboration award from the EU Ombudsman. The Ombudsman’s awards recognise initiatives and projects carried out by the EU that have a visible ...

27 June 2019
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Pesticide residues in food: what's the picture in the EU?

The latest edition of the annual EU report on pesticide residues in food is now available. Just under 96% of food samples were found to be free of pesticide residues or to contain traces that fall within legally permitted levels. EFSA analysed the results ...

26 June 2019
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EFSA issues new advice on phosphates

Estimated total intake of phosphates from food may exceed the safe level set by EFSA after re-evaluating their safety. EFSA’s scientists also recommend the introduction of maximum permitted levels to reduce the content of phosphates when used as additives ...

12 June 2019
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Whole genome sequencing shows promise in fight against AMR

The use of whole genome sequencing can improve the way antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is monitored in food and animals, EFSA says in a new report published today. Ahead of the revised legislation on AMR monitoring that is due to come into force in 2021, E ...

05 June 2019
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