The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its latest report on pesticide residue use in 2017 and its presence in food products estimated. The dietary risk assessment indicates that European citizens are unlikely to be exposed to harmful pesticide residue levels. The EFSA used the results to make several recommendations to increase the efficiency of the European control systems and protect consumers.
European consumers not threatened by pesticides
France bans imports of cherries produced with dimethoate
EU grapples with use of insects as food & feed
EU keeping a closer eye on the food contaminant perchlorate
The presence of the contaminant perchlorate in vegetables, fruit and other foods is to be monitored in the EU, following a recommendation by the European Commission.
The Commission says more data is needed on the occurrence of the residue in food in Europe – especially in vegetables, infant formula, milk and dairy products –– to improve the accuracy of risk assessments.
“High levels have been found in Cucurbitaceae and leaf vegetables especially those grown in glasshouse/under cover,” it said.
Nanotechnology, cloning among sticky issues in ‘novel food’ law reform
The exotic fruit juice Noni juice and a high pressure fruit juice – made using new production techniques – are examples of novel foods that have won approval to go on sale in the EU in recent years.
But according to a recent European Parliament briefing paper, the current authorisation process for novel foods is seen by the food industry as complex, expensive and time-consuming. As well, other stakeholders agree the current novel foods regulation, urgently needs updating to reflect scientific and technological advances.
Efsa: no evidence Ebola could be transmitted through food in EU
There is no evidence the Ebola virus can be transmitted through food in the European Union, according to a report by EFSA scientists published this week.
They assessed the risk of Ebola being transmitted via consumption of raw foods such as fruit and vegetables that have been legally imported into the EU from Africa.
EFSA: pesticide residues under legal limits in 97% of foods in EU
More than 97% of food samples evaluated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) contain pesticide residue levels that fall within legal limits, with just under 55% of samples free of detectable traces of these chemicals, EFSA reported today. The findings come from its 2013 annual report on pesticide residues in food, which includes results for almost 81,000 food samples from 27 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway.
EFSA advises vitamin A intake of 650 μg for women and 750 μg for men
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published dietary intake guidance for vitamin A following a request from the European Commission.
In a scientific opinion published March 5 by EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies, it set Population Reference Intakes (PRIs) – which should cover the physiological needs of most of the healthy population – of 750 µg retinol equivalent RE/day for men and 650 µg RE/day for women.