European Food Safety Authority

A trolley full of ultra-processed food. © GettyImages/JackF

Ultra-processed food may be linked to cancer: BMJ study

By Niamh Michail

There may be a causal link between eating highly processed food and cancer risk, and four reasons why this could be, according to the authors of a 105,000-strong French study published in the British Medical Journal.

The European Commission would need to draft regulations for any ban on BPA to happen

BPA ban move backed by MEPs

By Joseph James Whitworth

An EU-wide ban of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials (FCMs) has been backed by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

EFSA has one year to investigate the safety concerns raised by the Norwegian, Swedish and Danish food safety authorities. ©iStock/Chiociolla

EFSA to consider green tea catechins safety

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will look at the safety of green tea catechins in a report that could confirm or clear up long-standing concerns over liver damage. 

Picture: Ohio Soybean Council

Soy-based BPA alternative coating wins award

By Joseph James Whitworth

A coating technology which could be used to replace Bisphenol A (BPA) in a variety of applications has been awarded second place in a category at the 2016 Bio-Based Innovation Awards.

Sucralow? EC calls on EFSA to re-assess sucralose after a scientific paper found a link between the sweetener & cancer. © iStock

EFSA to assess sucralose following cancer concerns

By Niamh Michail

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will conduct a scientific evaluation of sucralose following the publication of a study which found a link between the sweetener and cancer.

Strategic shift: 'There was really no reason to talk to the consumer any more because we were not allowed to talk to the consumer any more.'

NutraInterview: Dominique Speleers, Beneo executive board member

Beneo: EFSA forced us to change our strategy

By Shane STARLING

Dominique Speleers is a long-time Beneo man who has seen a lot in his 15 years with the European ingredients giant from back when it was Belgian inulin and chicory player Beneo-Orafti and now as a board member of the more European, more international,...

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EFSA backs safety of new stevia form

By Will Chu

Rebaudioside M is safe and can be added to the list of EU-approved steviol glycosides (E960), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded. The agency said this was the case provided 95% of its components were converted to steviol.

PlasticsEurope filed the case at the Conseil d´État in February

French BPA ban referred to Constitutional Court

By Joseph James Whitworth

PlasticsEurope has welcomed the Conseil d´État’s decision to refer the case around the French law suspending the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials to the Constitutional Court.

EFSA safety evaluation ‘PET-M’ recycling process

EFSA evaluates the safety of ‘PET-M’ recycling process

By Jenny Eagle

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated the recycling processes for plastic waste, according to Commission Regulation (EC) No 282/2008 on recycled plastic materials intended to come into contact with foods and amending Regulation (EC)...

Stakeholders win 5 minutes to state final caffeine case

5 days until EU caffeine crunch time

Stakeholders win 5 minutes to state final caffeine case

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Last week the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) gave six stakeholders five minutes each to present their thoughts on its draft risk assessment on caffeine, which stated 400 mg of caffeine a day from all sources and single doses of up to 200 mg for...

DTU researchers say the TDI should be 0.7 micrograms per kilogram body weight per day or lower

DVFA: No basis for BPA legal action

By Joseph James Whitworth

There is no basis for individual legal action on BPA according to The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) after researchers in the country said the safe level recommended by EFSA does not adequately protect consumers against endocrine disrupting...

Bisphenol A poses no health risk, says EFSA

EFSA: BPA poses no risk

By Joseph James Whitworth

Bisphenol A (BPA) poses no health risk to consumers of any age group, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Recycled PET from Phoenix Technologies has received the go-ahead from the EFSA to be used in food packaging.

EFSA gives recycled PET a thumbs up

By Jenni Spinner

Phoenix Technologies has received approval from the EFSA for its recycled PET technology to be used in food packaging.

Recycling post-consumer PET using EREMA tech

EREMA recycling tech backed by EFSA

By Joseph James Whitworth

Recycling post-consumer PET into food contact materials using EREMA’s technology through a number of processes has been backed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Symposium outlines methods of best practice for designing clinical trials

Clinical trial tips to win an EFSA health claim

By Oliver Nieburg

Atlantia Food Contract Research Organisation has identified methods of best practices to help food and supplements makers conduct human intervention studies that will help them win a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim.

Most consumers don't know what EFSA is, experts find

Most consumers don't know what EFSA is, experts find

By Nathan Gray

Almost no German consumers know about the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), or understand the role it has in the approval of health claims for functional food products, according to experts.

Bisphenol A molecule

ANSES highlight BPA health risks

By Mark Astley

A report by the French Agency for Food Health Safety (ANSES) has highlighted apparent health risks from exposure to bisphenol A (BPA).

A man rehydrates. Or does he?

EFSA water-hydration rejection “unfounded and unjustified”

By Shane Starling

The likelihood of some kind of legal retaliation against a rejected article 14 water-dehydration health claim is mounting, following the publication of widespread condemnation of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinion.

EFSA defends aspartame work, denies dossier loss

EFSA defends aspartame work, denies dossier loss

By Ben Bouckley

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has denied a suggestion by two MEPs that it may have lost data relating to a previous safety evaluation of the high intensity sweetener aspartame (E951) and that it failed to examine it properly in the first place.

The quest for a radical new world for antioxidants

The quest for a radical new world for antioxidants

Here’s a radical thought for the marketers - the benefits of antioxidants may not be related to antioxidant activity. Last week’s NutraIngredients Antioxidants Conference suggested some tough choices are ahead.

Bad day at the EU health claims office

Bad day at the EU health claims office

October 1 was not a good day for many in the functional foods and food supplements business in the European Union as the meaning of life under a highly restrictive health claims regime came more into focus.

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