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Ochratoxin A in food: public health risks assessed

Ochratoxin A in food: public health risks assessed

EFSA has published a scientific opinion on public health risks related to the presence of ochratoxin A (OTA) in food – a mycotoxin naturally produced by moulds that can be found in a variety of foodstuffs including cereals, preserved meats, fresh and dried fruit, and...

Webinar: Horizon scanning for plant health

Webinar: Horizon scanning for plant health

The globalisation of trade combined with the boom in travel and movement of people mean that plant pests can travel from one side of the globe to the other in a matter of days. So how do risk assessors and plant health officers keep track of the pests of tomorrow? The...

Cumulative risk assessment of pesticides: FAQ

Why is EFSA working on cumulative risk assessment? Risks to consumers from the presence of pesticide residues in food are currently estimated substance by substance. However, a number of pesticides have similar effects and their impact on human health could be greater...

Pesticides: first cumulative risk reports published

Pesticides: first cumulative risk reports published

EFSA has published the results of its two pilot assessments on the risks posed to humans by residues of multiple pesticides in food. The assessments – one considering chronic effects on the thyroid system and the other acute effects on the nervous system – are the...

Xylella: 37 new plant species added to host list

Xylella: 37 new plant species added to host list

Thirty-seven new plant species have been identified as hosts of the Xylella fastidiosa pathogen. Most were naturally (not artificially) infected and were found both in EU countries (France, Italy, Portugal and Spain) and non-EU countries (USA and Iran). The new hosts...

Listeria in frozen vegetables: how to reduce risks

Listeria in frozen vegetables: how to reduce risks

EFSA has assessed the risks to public health from Listeria contamination of vegetables that are blanched – scalded in hot water or steam for a short time – before they are frozen. They conclude that the risks associated with the consumption of these products is lower...

New grant opportunity: capacity building

New grant opportunity: capacity building

EFSA has launched its latest call for partnering grant proposals from EU Member State organisations operating across the Authority’s remit. Proposals should aim to: Promote the transfer/exchange of knowledge in priority areas of work for EFSA (as laid down in its...

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