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EFSA revamps chemical hazards database

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said on 19 July that it had just added a further 321 substances to its OpenFoodTox database on chemical hazards, bringing the total listed up to over 4,750, as part of the latest overhaul.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU authorises DSM’s hen egg white lysozyme hydrolysate as a novel food

DSM Nutritional Products Ltd’s hen egg white lysozyme hydrolysate has been authorised in the EU as a novel food for use in supplements.

European Food Law Food Policy

Lab meat companies say FDA should regulate their products

FDA is the right agency to assess the safety and quality of lab-grown meat, say several representatives from the emerging lab-grown meat, poultry and seafood industry, despite a push from many in the traditionally raised meat and poultry industry for USDA to regulate these products when they become commercially available.

US Food Policy US Agricultural Policy

Strategic partnership puts Europe ‘on the map’ in lab-grown meat sector

One of Europe’s largest meat companies is making a significant investment in Mosa Meat - a Dutch start-up that claims to be the world's leading company for cultured beef.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Calls for upcoming phthalates ban to include food contact materials

Pressure is on for the EU to extend a future ban on four phthalates to food contact materials after member states in the REACH (chemicals regulation) committee on 11 July unanimously backed a proposal restricting them in other uses, but with a controversial waiver for agriculture.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Sommer amendments would stop EFSA publishing studies before its opinion

Amendments that German centre right MEP Renate Sommer has drafted on the proposal to revamp the EU’s risk assessment system would see the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) publish industry studies used to assess applications only after the final scientific opinion.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EFSA could advise EU limit on impurity kaurenoic acid in stevia

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is considering whether to recommend that the EU set a limit on the contaminant kaurenoic acid in the artificial sweetener stevia – steviol glycosides (E 960) – while producers say the move is unnecessary.

European Food Law Additives

Pan-European regulations for lubricants in food processing machinery lacking

Pan-European regulations on the formulation of lubricants used in food processing facilities are currently lacking, a specialist machinery company points out, with most lubricant manufacturers relying on rules set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Europe European Food Law

Three British scientists elected EFSA Panel Vice Chairs

Despite Brexit looming at the end of March 2019, British experts were elected Vice Chairs on three out of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) 10 scientific panels during constituent meetings the first week in July.

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