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Guides on the EU policy on food and drinks.
Cumulative risk of pesticides - EU food agency consultation - Q&A
EFSA is carrying out a public consultation on its pilot assessments of the risks posed to humans by residues of multiple pesticides in food.
Dual Food Quality
The European Commission published on 24 June the results of a pan-European testing campaign of food products showing that some products are identically or similarly branded while having a different composition.
EU proposal on transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment model in the food chain
The European Parliament and the EU Council reached a provisional agreement on 11 February on a Commission proposal for a Regulation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain.
Legislation on Veterinary Medicinal Products (VMP) and Medicated Feed
The EU Council adopted the Regulations on the veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed on 26 November.
Food supply chain: EU targets unfair trading practices
The Commission is targeting the most damaging unfair trade practices to grant farmers and small and medium sized businesses greater certainty and less need to manage risks over which they have little or no control.
Safer drinking water for Europeans
Revised European legislation proposed by the European Commission will improve the quality of drinking water and access to it as well as provide better information to citizens.
Tobacco track and trace system
A new EU-wide track and trace system adopted on 15 December 2017 is designed to ensure that tobacco products in the EU are easily traceable with a unique identifier for each product.
The Future of Food and Farming - Commission Communication
The European Commission released on 29 November 2017 a Communication on 'The Future of Food and Farming', outlining the ways to ensure that the oldest EU common policy remains future-proof.
EU countries should use pesticides more sustainably: report
A report on the sustainable use of pesticides Directive adopted on 10 October 2017 by the European Commission takes stock of progress made by the EU Member States in applying measures to reduce the risks and impacts of pesticides. It covers a wide range of topics such as aerial spraying, information to the public or training of professionals. The report indicates insufficient implementation of the Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides.
Rapid Alert System for Food & Feed (RASFF)
Launched nearly four decades ago, in 1979, the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) is primarily an IT tool designed to swiftly exchange information between national authorities on health risks related to food and feed.
EU Platform on Animal Welfare
The first meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare (the Platform) took place on 6 June 2017. The Platform gathered 75 representatives from stakeholders, NGOs, scientists, Member States, EEA (European Economic Area) countries, international organisations and EFSA (European Food Safety Authority). This is the 1st time that all key EU players gathered to exchange experiences and contribute to improving the welfare of animals.
Food waste in the EU - factsheet
Around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU – around 20 per cent of all food produced, with associated costs estimated at EUR 143 billion. The EU is looking for every opportunity to prevent food waste and strengthen sustainability of the food system.
Trans fats
MEPs voted on 26 October on a resolution calling for limits on trans fats. These industrial artificially produced fats can be found in anything from fast food to bakery products, chips and margarine, however they can also prove bad for your health. Scientific research has linked heavy consumption of them with obesity, diabetes, infertility, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular diseases.
Mediterranean research partnership to increase food and water sustainability
The Commission presented Wednesday a proposal for a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) with the aim of developing novel solutions for sustainable water management and food production.
Process contaminants in vegetable oils and foods: EFSA report
Glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil, but also in other vegetable oils, margarines and some processed foods, raise potential health concerns for average consumers of these foods in all young age groups, and for high consumers in all age groups.
Regulation on Novel Food
The European Parliament and the Council reached political agreement on 16 November on the EU's novel food proposal. The goal of the proposal is a more effective regulatory environment that will allow businesses to bring innovative food to market, whilst ensuring the highest possible levels of food safety for European consumers.
Monitoring drinking water for better protection of public health
New EU rules to improve the monitoring of drinking water across Europe came into force on 28 October, improving access to wholesome and clean drinking water in Europe.
GMOs in the EU - review of decision-making process
The European Commission presented on 22 April the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food and feed.
EU Commission policies on GMOs
The European Commission presented on 22 April the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food and feed. This review derives from the Political Guidelines presented to the European Parliament in July 2014, on the basis of which this Commission was elected. The Commission says the review confirms the need for changes that reflect public views and allow national governments to have a greater say on the use of EU-authorised GMOs for animal (feed) or human (food) consumption. As a result of this review, the Commission proposes to amend the legislation to confer upon Member States more freedom to restrict, or prohibit the use of EU-authorised GMOs in food or feed on their territory.
97% of foods in EU contain pesticide residues within legal limits
More than 97% of all samples analysed as part of the latest Europe-wide monitoring programme of pesticides in foods contain residue levels that fall within legal limits - with over 54% of samples free from any detectable trace of the chemicals. These findings are part of the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) 2012 annual report on pesticide residues in food. The report is based on the analysis of almost 79,000 food samples carried out by 27 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway.