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Sara Lewis

Sara Lewis is a Brussels-based freelance journalist who writes for IEG Policy on European food regulatory issues. 

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Lacking data means EFSA unable to assess pine additive safety

A lack of toxicological data meant that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was unable to re-assess the safety of glycerol esters of wood rosin (GEWR, E 445) when used as a food additive.

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EFSA rejects blood pressure claim for salt replacer Symbiosal®

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has handed down a negative opinion on Han-Biotech’s claim for its salt replacer Symbiosal® lowering blood pressure and reduced risk of hypertension.

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Beer ad does not encourage swimming while drinking alcohol, says ASA

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected a complaint against AB InBev that a television advertisement for its Corona beer encouraged people to drink alcohol when swimming.

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EFSA concludes propane‐1,2‐diol alginate (E 405) use does not exceed safe levels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that when used as a food additive propane‐1,2‐diol alginate (E 405) does not exceed the EU safe intake levels, its Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) said in a recently published opinion.

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Commission rules Dole must sell salad business in Sweden before merger

Dole must sell off its bagged salad business in Sweden before Ireland’s Total Produce will get the green light to acquire joint control of the company under the EU’s merger regulation, the European Commission has said. However, there are no concerns about its fresh fruit and vegetables offering.

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EFSA backs aluminium additive safety in review

Two aluminium additives - aluminium sulphates (E 520–523) and sodium aluminium phosphate, acidic (E 541) - do not raise safety concerns at current levels of use, according to a newly-published opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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