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FAQ: phthalates in plastic food contact materials

FAQ: phthalates in plastic food contact materials

EFSA has updated its risk assessment of five phthalates used in plastic food contact material. What are phthalates? Phthalates are chemicals used to soften (or ‘plasticise’) plastics used in a range of industrial and consumer products including plastic food contact...

Public consultation: Ochratoxin A

Public consultation: Ochratoxin A

EFSA is seeking feedback from interested parties on its scientific opinion about public health risks related to the presence of Ochratoxin A (OTA) in food – a mycotoxin naturally produced by fungi such as the Penicillium and Aspergillus species. The deadline for...

European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2019

European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2019

Today is European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD). European Antibiotic Awareness Day takes place every year on 18 November to raise awareness of the threat to public health from antibiotic resistance and the importance of prudent use of antibiotics. Fighting...

Xylella fastidiosa: ‘Together we can find solutions’

Xylella fastidiosa: ‘Together we can find solutions’

“The whole EU territory is at risk from Xylella fastidiosa, and the more the scientific community works together on this issue, the quicker we’ll be to find solutions to tackle this pest.” That was how Claude Bragard, chair of EFSA’s Panel on Plant Health, summed up...

Conference on Xylella fastidiosa: watch live!

Conference on Xylella fastidiosa: watch live!

The second scientific conference on Xylella fastidiosa begins in Corsica tomorrow (29 October), and you can follow it live on the EFSA website. Around 350 plant health specialists from around the world will spend two days discussing and debating the latest scientific...

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