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14-12-2018

To Eat or Not to Eat: Decorative Products on Foods Can Be Unsafe

To Eat or Not to Eat: Decorative Products on Foods Can Be Unsafe

FDA knows that some non-edible decorative glitters and dusts are promoted for use on foods. But consumers need to be aware that these materials, in fact, may contain materials that should not be eaten. Here’s how to tell if such materials are edible or not.

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

14-12-2018

Analysis of hunting statistics collection frameworks for wild boar across Europe and proposals for improving the harmonisation of data collection

Analysis of hunting statistics collection frameworks for wild boar across Europe and proposals for improving the harmonisation of data collection

Published on: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 Heterogeneities in the wild boar data collection frameworks across Europe were analysed using questionnaires to explore comparability of hunting data in the short term and propose a common framework for future collection. Fifty‐seven respondents representing 32 countries covering more than 95% of European territory participated to the questionnaire. The most frequently recorded information in the official statistics included the quantity of animals shot per hunting ground ...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

14-12-2018

Statement on the safety of d‐ribose

Statement on the safety of d‐ribose

Published on: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 In 2018, the EFSA NDA Panel adopted the Scientific Opinion on the safety of d‐ribose as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 when used in a variety of food, concluding that d‐ribose is safe for the general population at intake levels up to 36 mg/kg body weight (bw) per day, but that its safety at the intended uses and use levels as proposed by the applicant could not be established. Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA NDA Panel was aske...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

13-12-2018

The European Union summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses, zoonotic agents and food-borne outbreaks in 2017

The European Union summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses, zoonotic agents and food-borne outbreaks in 2017

Published on: Wed, 12 Dec 2018 This report of the European Food Safety Authority and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control presents the results of zoonoses monitoring activities carried out in 2017 in 37 European countries (28 Member States (MS) and nine non-MS). Campylobacteriosis was the commonest reported zoonosis and its EU trend for confirmed human cases increasing since 2008 stabilised during 2013–2017. The decreasing EU trend for confirmed human salmonellosis cases since 2008 end...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

7-12-2018

Magnesium citrate malate as a source of magnesium added for nutritional purposes to food supplements

Magnesium citrate malate as a source of magnesium added for nutritional purposes to food supplements

Published on: Thu, 06 Dec 2018 The present scientific opinion deals with the assessment of the bioavailability of magnesium, from the proposed nutrient source, magnesium citrate malate (MgCM), when added for nutritional purposes to food supplements. MgCM is a mixed salt consisting of magnesium cations and citrate and malate anions, and with a magnesium content of 12–15%. MgCM is proposed to be used in food supplements that are intended to provide up to 300–540 mg/day magnesium. The data provided demonst...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

1-12-2018

Safety assessment of the process ‘RecyPET Hungária’, based on RecyPET Hungária technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials

Safety assessment of the process ‘RecyPET Hungária’, based on RecyPET Hungária technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials

Published on: Fri, 30 Nov 2018 The EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP) assessed the safety of the recycling process RecyPET Hungária (EU register number RECYC0146). The input is hot caustic washed and dried poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) flakes originating from collected post‐consumer PET containers, containing no more than 5% of PET from non‐food applications. The flakes are dried and extruded. The output of the extrusion step is cut into pellets in an underwater...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

30-11-2018

Epidemiological analyses of African swine fever in the European Union (November 2017 until November 2018)

Epidemiological analyses of African swine fever in the European Union (November 2017 until November 2018)

Published on: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 This update on the African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks in the EU demonstrated that out of all tested wild boar found dead, the proportion of positive samples peaked in winter and summer. For domestic pigs only, a summer peak was evident. Despite the existence of several plausible factors that could result in the observed seasonality, there is no evidence to prove causality. Wild boar density was the most influential risk factor for the occurrence of ASF in wild boar. In th...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

30-11-2018

Reporting Avian Influenza surveillance

Reporting Avian Influenza surveillance

Published on: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 Avian influenza viruses infect domestic poultry and wild birds as well as humans. In poultry, depending on whether these viruses are of high pathogenicity (HPAI) or low pathogenicity (LPAI), the infection can cause different clinical signs, with HPAI causing high mortality in poultry flocks. In order to ensure early detection of avian influenza viruses, surveillance in poultry and wild birds is considered essential. In 2010, the European Commission provided some guidelines...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

30-11-2018

Understanding ASF spread and emergency control concepts in wild boar populations using individual‐based modelling and spatio‐temporal surveillance data

Understanding ASF spread and emergency control concepts in wild boar populations using individual‐based modelling and spatio‐temporal surveillance data

Published on: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 African swine fever (ASF) infection is circulating in Eurasia since a decade within wild boar populations without a demonstrated vector host. Further the infection was recurrently translocated by spatio‐temporal dynamics that is incompatible with wild boar movement characteristics. Management actions are required in areas affected by ASF. Control measures address areas with recent focal introduction and areas with ASF circulating several seasons or endemic occurrence. In v...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

29-11-2018

Glyphosate: ANSES launches a comparative assessment with the available alternatives

Glyphosate: ANSES launches a comparative assessment with the available alternatives

Following the five-year re-approval of this active substance at European level in December 2017, ANSES is reassessing marketing authorisations for products containing glyphosate. For products for which an application for authorisation or re-authorisation has been submitted, the Agency will carry out a comparative assessment with the available alternatives. For each glyphosate-based product, all uses for which there is an alternative that meets the substitution criteria will therefore be prohibited.

France - Agence Nationale du Médicament Vétérinaire

27-11-2018

Risk assessment of new sequencing information for genetically modified soybean A2704‐12

Risk assessment of new sequencing information for genetically modified soybean A2704‐12

Published on: Mon, 26 Nov 2018 The GMO Panel has previously assessed genetically modified (GM) soybean A2704‐12. This soybean was found to be as safe and nutritious as its conventional counterpart with respect to potential effects on human and animal health and the environment in the context of its intended uses. On 5 June 2018, the European Commission requested EFSA to analyse new nucleic acid sequencing data and updated bioinformatics data for GM soybean A2704‐12 and to indicate whether the previous c...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

20-11-2018

Relevance of new scientific information (Santos‐Vigil et al., 2018*) in relation to the risk assessment of genetically modified crops with Cry1Ac

Relevance of new scientific information (Santos‐Vigil et al., 2018*) in relation to the risk assessment of genetically modified crops with Cry1Ac

Published on: Wed, 14 Nov 2018 Following a request from the European Commission, EFSA assessed the scientific publication by Santos‐Vigil et al. (2018). The outstanding question was whether or not the new scientific information contains elements that could lead the EFSA GMO Panel to reconsider the outcome of its previous risk assessments on genetically modified crops expressing Cry1Ac protein. Santos‐Vigil et al. (2018) investigated the allergenic potential and immunological effects of the Cry1Ac protei...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

20-11-2018

Pest categorisation of non‐EU Monochamus spp.

Pest categorisation of non‐EU Monochamus spp.

Published on: Mon, 19 Nov 2018 The Panel on Plant Health performed a pest categorisation of non‐EU Monochamus spp., a well‐defined insect genus in the family Cerambycidae (Insecta: Coleoptera). Species can be identified using taxonomic keys at national and regional level, and DNA barcoding. Two online world catalogues exist for the genus. The genus includes about one hundred species and many subspecies colonising conifers and non‐conifer trees in many areas in the world. The non‐EU species are listed in...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

20-11-2018

Modification of the existing maximum residue levels and setting of import tolerances for pyraclostrobin in various crops

Modification of the existing maximum residue levels and setting of import tolerances for pyraclostrobin in various crops

Published on: Mon, 19 Nov 2018 In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant BASF SE submitted two requests to the competent national authority in Germany. The first one, to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRL) for the active substance pyraclostrobin in various crops and to set import tolerances for sugar canes and American persimmons; the second one to set import tolerances for pineapples and passion fruits/maracujas. The data submitted in support of the request...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

13-11-2018

The importance of vector abundance and seasonality

The importance of vector abundance and seasonality

Published on: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100 This joint ECDC‐EFSA report assesses whether vector count data (abundance) and the way these change throughout the year (seasonality) can provide useful information about vector‐borne diseases epidemiological processes of interest, and therefore, whether resources should be devoted to collecting such data. The document also summarises what measures of abundance and seasonality can be collected for each vector group (mosquitoes, sandflies, midges and ticks), ...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

10-11-2018

Pest categorisation of Popillia japonica

Pest categorisation of Popillia japonica

Published on: Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The Panel on Plant Health performed a pest categorisation of Popillia japonica(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) for the EU. P. japonica is a distinguishable species listed in Annex IAII of Council Directive 2000/29/EC. It is native to Japan but established in the USA in the early 20th century. It spreads from New Jersey to most US states east of the Mississippi, some to the west and north into Canada. P. japonica feeds on over 700 plant species. Adults attack folia...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

9-11-2018

An increase in poisonings due to wild mushroom consumption: be vigilant!

An increase in poisonings due to wild mushroom consumption: be vigilant!

In response to an increase in the number of cases of poisonings due to wild mushroom consumption reported to the French Poison Control and Monitoring Centres (CAP-TVs), ANSES and the Directorate General for Health (DGS) are issuing a warning to wild mushroom gatherers and reminding them of the good practices to be observed.

France - Agence Nationale du Médicament Vétérinaire

9-11-2018

Safety assessment of the active substance polyacrylic acid, sodium salt, cross‐linked, for use in active food contact materials

Safety assessment of the active substance polyacrylic acid, sodium salt, cross‐linked, for use in active food contact materials

Published on: Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP) assessed the safety of polyacrylic acid, sodium salt, cross‐linked, FCM substance No 1015, which is intended to be used as a liquid absorber in the packaging of fresh or frozen foods such as meat, poultry and seafood as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Specific migration tests were not performed due to the high absorption of liquids by the substance. The Panel noted that if polya...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

1-11-2018

Pest categorisation of Conotrachelus nenuphar

Pest categorisation of Conotrachelus nenuphar

Published on: Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The EFSA Panel on Plant Health performed a pest categorisation of Conotrachelus nenuphar (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), for the EU. C. nenuphar is a well‐defined species, recognised as a serious pest of stone and pome fruit in the USA and Canada where it also feeds on a range of other hosts including soft fruit (e.g. Ribes,Fragaria) and wild plants (e.g. Crataegus). Adults, which are not good flyers, feed on tender twigs, flower buds and leaves. Femal...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

1-11-2018

Pest categorisation of Acrobasis pirivorella

Pest categorisation of Acrobasis pirivorella

Published on: Wed, 31 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The European Commission requested EFSA to conduct a pest categorisation of Acrobasis pirivorella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), a monophagous moth whose larvae exclusively feed on developing buds, flowers, and fruits of cultivated and wild Pyrus spp. A. pirivorella is a species with reliable methods available for identification. A. pirivorellaoccurs in north‐east Asia only, causing significant damage in cultivated pears. It is regulated in the EU by Council Direc...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

31-10-2018

Safety and efficacy of Lactobacillus hilgardii CNCM I‐4785 and Lactobacillus buchneri CNCM I‐4323/NCIMB 40788 as a silage additive for all animal species

Safety and efficacy of Lactobacillus hilgardii CNCM I‐4785 and Lactobacillus buchneri CNCM I‐4323/NCIMB 40788 as a silage additive for all animal species

Published on: Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on the safety and efficacy of a strain of Lactobacillus hilgardii and of Lactobacillus buchneri when used as a technological additive intended to improve ensiling at a proposed application rate of 3.0 x 108 colony forming units (CFU)/kg fresh material. The two bacterial species are considered by EFS...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

30-10-2018

Pest categorisation of Sternochetus mangiferae

Pest categorisation of Sternochetus mangiferae

Published on: Mon, 29 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The European Commission requested EFSA to conduct a pest categorisation of Sternochetus mangiferae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a monophagous pest weevil whose larvae exclusively feed on mango seeds, whereas adults feed on mango foliage. S. mangiferae is a species with reliable methods available for identification. It is regulated in the EU by Council Directive 2000/29/EC where it is listed in Annex IIB as a harmful organism whose introduction into EU Protec...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

30-10-2018

Pest categorisation of Aleurocanthus spp.

Pest categorisation of Aleurocanthus spp.

Published on: Mon, 29 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100 The Panel on Plant Health performed a pest categorisation of Aleurocanthus spp., a well‐defined insect genus of the whitefly family Aleyrodidae (Arthropoda: Hemiptera). Difficulties within the taxonomy of the genus give doubt about the ability to accurately identify some members to species level. Nevertheless, the genus is thought to currently include about ninety species mainly reported from tropical and subtropical areas. The genus is listed in Council Dir...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

24-10-2018

Safety and efficacy of Hostazym® X (endo‐1,4‐beta‐xylanase) as a feed additive for sows in order to have benefit in piglets

Safety and efficacy of Hostazym® X (endo‐1,4‐beta‐xylanase) as a feed additive for sows in order to have benefit in piglets

Published on: Tue, 23 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on the safety and efficacy of HOSTAZYM® X as a feed additive for sows in order to have benefit in piglets. The additive HOSTAZYM® X contains endo‐1,4‐beta‐xylanase and is available in liquid and solid formulations. This product is authorised as a feed additive for chickens for fattening, tu...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

20-10-2018

Scientific Opinion of Flavouring Group Evaluation 411 (FGE.411): 2‐(4‐methylphenoxy)‐N‐(1H‐pyrazol‐3‐yl)‐N‐(thiophen‐2‐ylmethyl)acetamide from chemical group 30 (miscellaneous substances)

Scientific Opinion of Flavouring Group Evaluation 411 (FGE.411): 2‐(4‐methylphenoxy)‐N‐(1H‐pyrazol‐3‐yl)‐N‐(thiophen‐2‐ylmethyl)acetamide from chemical group 30 (miscellaneous substances)

Published on: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 EFSA was requested to deliver a scientific opinion on the implications for human health of the flavouring substance 2‐(4‐methylphenoxy)‐N‐(1H‐pyrazol‐3‐yl)‐N‐(thiophen‐2‐ylmethyl)acetamide [FL‐no: 16.133], in the Flavouring Group Evaluation 411 (FGE.411), according to Regulation (EC) No 1331/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council. The substance has not been reported to occur in natural source materials of botanical or animal origin. It is intende...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

20-10-2018

Scientific Opinion on Flavouring Group Evaluation 200, Revision 1 (FGE.200 Rev.1): 74 α,β‐unsaturated aliphatic aldehydes and precursors from chemical subgroup 1.1.1 of FGE.19

Scientific Opinion on Flavouring Group Evaluation 200, Revision 1 (FGE.200 Rev.1): 74 α,β‐unsaturated aliphatic aldehydes and precursors from chemical subgroup 1.1.1 of FGE.19

Published on: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The Panel on Food Additives and Flavourings of the European Food Safety Authority was requested to evaluate the genotoxic potential of 74 flavouring substances from subgroup 1.1.1 of FGE.19 in the Flavouring Group Evaluation 200 Revision 1 (FGE.200 Rev1). In FGE.200, genotoxicity studies were provided for one representative substance, namely hex‐2(trans)‐enal [FL‐no: 05.073], and for other two substances in the same subgroup, namely 2‐dodecenal [FL‐no: 05.03...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

18-10-2018

Scientific Opinion on Flavouring Group Evaluation 201 Revision 2 (FGE.201Rev2): 2‐alkylated, aliphatic, acyclic alpha,beta‐unsaturated aldehydes and precursors, with or without additional double‐bonds, from chemical subgroup 1.1.2 of FGE.19

Scientific Opinion on Flavouring Group Evaluation 201 Revision 2 (FGE.201Rev2): 2‐alkylated, aliphatic, acyclic alpha,beta‐unsaturated aldehydes and precursors, with or without additional double‐bonds, from chemical subgroup 1.1.2 of FGE.19

Published on: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The Panel on Food Additives and Flavourings of the European Food Safety Authority was requested to consider in this revision 2 of Flavouring Group Evaluation 201, the additional data on genotoxicity submitted by the Industry on two substances, 2‐methylpent‐2‐enal [FL‐no: 05.090] and 2 methylcrotonaldehyde [FL‐no: 05.095], from subgroup 1.1.2 of FGE.19. In FGE.201Rev1, the Panel concluded that further data were required in order to clarify the genotoxic poten...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

17-10-2018

Applicability of in silico tools for the prediction of dermal absorption for pesticides

Applicability of in silico tools for the prediction of dermal absorption for pesticides

Published on: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Based on the “Human in vitro dermal absorption datasets” published as supporting information to the revised EFSA Guidance on Dermal Absorption, in silico models for prediction of absorption across the skin have been evaluated. For this evaluation, a systematic literature search and review was performed, identifying 288 publications describing mathematical models for prediction of dermal absorption. Eleven models potentially relevant to the regulatory assessm...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

17-10-2018

Lumpy skin disease: scientific and technical assistance on control and surveillance activities

Lumpy skin disease: scientific and technical assistance on control and surveillance activities

Published on: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The duration of the vaccination campaign sufficient to eliminate lumpy skin disease (LSD) mainly depends on the vaccination effectiveness and coverage achieved. By using a spread epidemiological model, assuming a vaccination effectiveness of 65%, with 50% and 90% coverage, 3 and 4 years campaigns, respectively, are needed to eliminate LSD. When vaccination effectiveness is 80% to 95%, 2 years of vaccination at coverage of 90% is sufficient to eliminate LSD vir...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

16-10-2018

Assessment of low pathogenic avian influenza virus transmission via raw poultry meat and raw table eggs

Assessment of low pathogenic avian influenza virus transmission via raw poultry meat and raw table eggs

Published on: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 A rapid qualitative assessment has been done by performing a theoretical analysis on the transmission of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) via fresh meat from poultry reared or kept in captivity for the production of meat (raw poultry meat) or raw table eggs. A predetermined transmission pathway followed a number of steps from a commercial or non‐commercial poultry establishment within the EU exposed to LPAI virus (LPAIV) to the onward virus transmission...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

16-10-2018

Fat Burners Zone Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Zero Xtreme Due to Presence of Undeclared Sibutramine

Fat Burners Zone Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Zero Xtreme Due to Presence of Undeclared Sibutramine

Fat Burners Zone is voluntarily recalling 1 lot of Zero Xtreme, capsules to the consumer level. FDA analysis has found Zero Xtreme to be tainted with sibutramine. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market due to safety concerns. The presence of Sibutramine in Zero Xtreme renders it an unapproved drug for which safety and efficacy has not been established and, therefore, subject to recall.

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

11-10-2018

Re‐evaluation of oxidised soya bean oil interacted with mono‐ and diglycerides of fatty acids (E 479b) as a food additive

Re‐evaluation of oxidised soya bean oil interacted with mono‐ and diglycerides of fatty acids (E 479b) as a food additive

Published on: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Flavourings (FAF) provides a scientific opinion re‐evaluating the safety of thermally oxidised soya bean oil interacted with mono‐ and diglycerides of fatty acids (TOSOM) (E 479b) when used as a food additive. The Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) and the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) derived an acceptable daily intake (ADI) of 25 and 30 mg/kg body weight (bw) per day, respectively. There was n...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

11-10-2018

Wild boar in focus: Review of existing models on spatial distribution and density of wild boar and proposal for next steps

Wild boar in focus: Review of existing models on spatial distribution and density of wild boar and proposal for next steps

Published on: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200 This report provides a review of existing models for predicting the spatial distribution and abundance of wild boar at various scales (global, continental, national and regional) in order to inform the development of a new model to produce estimates of wild boar abundance at European level. The review identifies and discusses a range of models based on a wide variety of data types, corresponding to those targeted by the data collection model set by ENETwild,...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

10-10-2018

Tanning booths: ANSES issues a reminder of the proven risk of skin cancer

Tanning booths: ANSES issues a reminder of the proven risk of skin cancer

The health risks associated with exposure to artificial UV radiation from tanning booths have been well established for many years now. ANSES points out that recent data on the subject support previous assessments: there is a proven cancer risk associated with UV radiation from artificial tanning equipment. The Agency therefore recommends that the public authorities take the necessary steps to prevent people from being exposed to artificial UV radiation from tanning booths used for cosmetic purposes.

France - Agence Nationale du Médicament Vétérinaire

9-10-2018

Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, LLC Announces Recalls Because of Possible Health Risk

Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, LLC Announces Recalls Because of Possible Health Risk

Johnston County Hams’ country ham was recalled due to its potential for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes; therefore, Ukrop’s made the decision that any products that contained country ham or came into contact with equipment used to process the country ham are being recalled due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

22-9-2018

Risk assessment of new sequencing information on genetically modified carnation FLO‐40689‐6

Risk assessment of new sequencing information on genetically modified carnation FLO‐40689‐6

Published on: Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The GMO Panel has previously assessed genetically modified (GM) carnation FLO‐40689‐6 and concluded that there is no scientific reason to consider that the import, distribution and retailing in the EU of carnation FLO‐40689‐6 cut flowers for ornamental use will cause any adverse effects on human health or the environment. On 27 October 2017, the European Commission requested EFSA to analyse new nucleic acid sequencing data and updated bioinformatics data for...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

22-9-2018

Risk assessment of new sequencing information for genetically modified soybean BPS‐CV127‐9

Risk assessment of new sequencing information for genetically modified soybean BPS‐CV127‐9

Published on: Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The GMO Panel has previously assessed genetically modified (GM) soybean BPS‐CV127‐9. This soybean was found to be as safe and nutritious as its conventional counterpart and commercial soybean varieties with respect to potential effects on human and animal health and the environment in the context of its intended uses. On 16 February 2018, European Commission requested EFSA to analyse new nucleic acid sequencing data and updated bioinformatics data for GM soy...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

19-9-2018

Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for potassium phosphonates in certain berries and small fruits

Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for potassium phosphonates in certain berries and small fruits

Published on: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant LTZ Augustenberg submitted a request to the competent national authority in Germany to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the active substance potassium phosphonates in raspberries, blackberries, currants, blueberries, gooseberries and elderberries. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive MRL proposals for all crops under c...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

13-9-2018

Review of the existing maximum residue levels for fluquinconazole according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

Review of the existing maximum residue levels for fluquinconazole according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

Published on: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 According to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, EFSA has reviewed the maximum residue levels (MRLs) currently established at European level for the pesticide active substance fluquinconazole. Considering the information provided by Member States, neither EU uses nor import tolerances are currently authorised for fluquinconazole within the European Union. Furthermore, no MRLs are established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (codex maximum residue ...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

11-9-2018

Update of the Xylella spp. host plant database

Update of the Xylella spp. host plant database

Published on: Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Following a request from the European Commission, EFSA periodically updates the database on the host plants of Xylella spp. While previous editions of the database (2015 and 2016) dealt with the species Xylella fastidiosa only, this database version addresses the whole genus Xylella, including therefore both species X. fastidiosa and Xylella taiwanensis. The database now includes information on host plants of Xylella spp. retrieved from scientific literature...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

30-8-2018

Anthrax

Anthrax

Anthrax is a zoonosis (i.e. a disease common to humans and animals) that primarily affects herbivores. It is caused by Bacillus anthracis, a bacterium that is unusual in that it persists in soil for decades as spores. ANSES is the National Reference Laboratory for this disease. Here we provide a presentation of the disease and the role played by ANSES.

France - Agence Nationale du Médicament Vétérinaire

30-8-2018

Grant agreement for piloting the Framework Partnership Agreement between the National data provider organisations in Cyprus and EFSA – Final report

Grant agreement for piloting the Framework Partnership Agreement between the National data provider organisations in Cyprus and EFSA – Final report

Published on: Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Cyprus alongside with another 4 countries has participated successfully in the Grant Agreement GP/EFSA/DATA/2016/01‐GA 02, entitled: “Strategic Partnership with Cyprus on Data Quality”. The project was co‐financed by EFSA, aiming to help both EFSA and data providers from Member States to possess data of high quality in a quantitatively manageable way. The main objective of the grant agreement was the establishment of the data governance, coordination and imp...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

29-8-2018

Scientific Opinion about the Guidance of the Chemical Regulation Directorate (UK) on how aged sorption studies for pesticides should be conducted, analysed and used in regulatory assessments

Scientific Opinion about the Guidance of the Chemical Regulation Directorate (UK) on how aged sorption studies for pesticides should be conducted, analysed and used in regulatory assessments

Published on: Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 The EFSA Panel on Plant Protection Products and their Residues reviewed the guidance on how aged sorption studies for pesticides should be conducted, analysed and used in regulatory assessment. The inclusion of aged sorption is a higher tier in the groundwater leaching assessment. The Panel based its review on a test with three substances taken from a data set provided by the European Crop Protection Association. Particular points of attention were the quali...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

29-8-2018

Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for prohexadione in various oilseeds

Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for prohexadione in various oilseeds

Published on: Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the applicant BASF SE submitted a request to the competent national authority in France to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRL) for the active substance prohexadione in linseeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, rape seeds, mustard seeds and gold of pleasure seeds. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive MRL proposals for all oilseeds under consid...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

29-8-2018

Safety assessment of the process ‘General Plastic’, based on Starlinger Decon technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials

Safety assessment of the process ‘General Plastic’, based on Starlinger Decon technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials

Published on: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200 This scientific opinion of the EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF Panel) deals with the safety evaluation of the recycling process General Plastic (EU register No RECYC153), which is based on the Starlinger Decon technology. The decontamination efficiency of the process was demonstrated by a challenge test. The input of this process is hot caustic washed and dried poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) flakes orig...

Europe - EFSA - European Food Safety Authority Publications

14-12-2018

GE Healthcare Recalls CareScape R860 Inspiratory Safety Guard Due to Risk of Disconnection from Breathing Circuit. @US_FDA @US has identified this as a Class I Recall, the most serious type recall. Read more about the recall here:  https://go.usa.gov/xE38

GE Healthcare Recalls CareScape R860 Inspiratory Safety Guard Due to Risk of Disconnection from Breathing Circuit. @US_FDA @US has identified this as a Class I Recall, the most serious type recall. Read more about the recall here: https://go.usa.gov/xE38

GE Healthcare Recalls CareScape R860 Inspiratory Safety Guard Due to Risk of Disconnection from Breathing Circuit. @US_FDA @US has identified this as a Class I Recall, the most serious type recall. Read more about the recall here: https://go.usa.gov/xE383  #MedicalDevice #FDA pic.twitter.com/X4IprwU8R2

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

14-12-2018

#ICYMI: @US_FDA cleared a mobile medical app to help those with #opioid use disorder stay in recovery programs. Read more about the clearance here:  https://go.usa.gov/xE3ke  #FDA #MedicalDevice

#ICYMI: @US_FDA cleared a mobile medical app to help those with #opioid use disorder stay in recovery programs. Read more about the clearance here: https://go.usa.gov/xE3ke  #FDA #MedicalDevice

#ICYMI: @US_FDA cleared a mobile medical app to help those with #opioid use disorder stay in recovery programs. Read more about the clearance here: https://go.usa.gov/xE3ke  #FDA #MedicalDevice

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

14-12-2018

#ICYMI: Jeff Shuren, Director of the Center for Devices & Radiological  Health, released a statement on updated safety  communication about  rates of duodenoscope contamination from  preliminary postmarket data.  Read the statement here:  https://go.usa.g

#ICYMI: Jeff Shuren, Director of the Center for Devices & Radiological Health, released a statement on updated safety communication about rates of duodenoscope contamination from preliminary postmarket data. Read the statement here: https://go.usa.g

#ICYMI: Jeff Shuren, Director of the Center for Devices & Radiological Health, released a statement on updated safety communication about rates of duodenoscope contamination from preliminary postmarket data. Read the statement here: https://go.usa.gov/xE3kf  #MedicalDevice

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

14-12-2018

#ICYMI: @SGottliebFDA issued a statement on the #FDA’s new effort for  developing and class labeling of in vitro companion diagnostics for classes of oncology therapeutic products. Read the statement here:  https://go.usa.gov/xE3kk  #MedicalDevice

#ICYMI: @SGottliebFDA issued a statement on the #FDA’s new effort for developing and class labeling of in vitro companion diagnostics for classes of oncology therapeutic products. Read the statement here: https://go.usa.gov/xE3kk  #MedicalDevice

#ICYMI: @SGottliebFDA issued a statement on the #FDA’s new effort for developing and class labeling of in vitro companion diagnostics for classes of oncology therapeutic products. Read the statement here: https://go.usa.gov/xE3kk  #MedicalDevice

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

26-11-2018

A stereotactic system used by neurosurgeons to more precisely determine where to perform their surgical procedure was intended to be MRI compatible but the older predicate it compared itself to was not, requiring additional performance testing.

A stereotactic system used by neurosurgeons to more precisely determine where to perform their surgical procedure was intended to be MRI compatible but the older predicate it compared itself to was not, requiring additional performance testing.

A stereotactic system used by neurosurgeons to more precisely determine where to perform their surgical procedure was intended to be MRI compatible but the older predicate it compared itself to was not, requiring additional performance testing.

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1-11-2018

The @US_FDA issues a letter to health care providers regarding possible battery failure in Getinge's Maquet/Datascope intra-aortic balloon pumps. Read the letter here:  https://go.usa.gov/xPyHT  #MedicalDevice

The @US_FDA issues a letter to health care providers regarding possible battery failure in Getinge's Maquet/Datascope intra-aortic balloon pumps. Read the letter here: https://go.usa.gov/xPyHT  #MedicalDevice

The @US_FDA issues a letter to health care providers regarding possible battery failure in Getinge's Maquet/Datascope intra-aortic balloon pumps. Read the letter here: https://go.usa.gov/xPyHT  #MedicalDevice

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1-11-2018

The @US_FDA warns patients & health care providers should not change drug treatment based on results from certain genetic tests w/ unapproved claims to predict a patient’s response to specific medications. Read the Safety Communication here:  https://go.u

The @US_FDA warns patients & health care providers should not change drug treatment based on results from certain genetic tests w/ unapproved claims to predict a patient’s response to specific medications. Read the Safety Communication here: https://go.u

The @US_FDA warns patients & health care providers should not change drug treatment based on results from certain genetic tests w/ unapproved claims to predict a patient’s response to specific medications. Read the Safety Communication here: https://go.usa.gov/xPysF  #MedicalDevice

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

12-10-2018

The 2nd week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is here! This  week’s theme: “Cybersecurity = A Cross-Cutting Challenge to Tackle  Together”. Learn more about #NCSAM at   https://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect …. #FDA #MedicalDevicespic.twitter.com/H

The 2nd week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is here! This week’s theme: “Cybersecurity = A Cross-Cutting Challenge to Tackle Together”. Learn more about #NCSAM at https://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect …. #FDA #MedicalDevicespic.twitter.com/H

The 2nd week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is here! This week’s theme: “Cybersecurity = A Cross-Cutting Challenge to Tackle Together”. Learn more about #NCSAM at https://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect …. #FDA #MedicalDevices pic.twitter.com/H3rUbSyLPq

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

27-9-2018

Read about how the FDA is seeking more resources in FY2019 to help  advance our #FDAPrecert model for #DigitalHealth-modernizing our regulatory approach to help innovate digital health technologies, while  protecting patients. Click here:  https://go.usa.

Read about how the FDA is seeking more resources in FY2019 to help advance our #FDAPrecert model for #DigitalHealth-modernizing our regulatory approach to help innovate digital health technologies, while protecting patients. Click here: https://go.usa.

Read about how the FDA is seeking more resources in FY2019 to help advance our #FDAPrecert model for #DigitalHealth-modernizing our regulatory approach to help innovate digital health technologies, while protecting patients. Click here: https://go.usa.gov/xPWZ3  #mobilehealth

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

21-9-2018

Regulatory and procedural guideline:  Draft qualification opinion on stride velocity 95th centile as a secondary endpoint in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy measured by a valid and suitable wearable device, draft: consultation open

Regulatory and procedural guideline: Draft qualification opinion on stride velocity 95th centile as a secondary endpoint in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy measured by a valid and suitable wearable device, draft: consultation open

This report provides a final agreed draft Context of Use for public consultation describing where Stride Velocity measured at the ankle 95th Centile is deemed by CHMP as an appropriate endpoint in studies to support regulatory decision making on medicines for the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), together with CHMP’s scientific consideration of the submission leading to the draft opinion. The document also includes the questions posed by the applicant and also raised by CHMP to the Applic...

Europe - EMA - European Medicines Agency

19-9-2018

#FDA issues final guidance with recommendations for labeling and safety testing of #heparin  containing medical devices and device-led combination products to help  reduce the risk of patient injury. To read the guidance, click here:  https://go.usa.gov/x

#FDA issues final guidance with recommendations for labeling and safety testing of #heparin containing medical devices and device-led combination products to help reduce the risk of patient injury. To read the guidance, click here: https://go.usa.gov/x

#FDA issues final guidance with recommendations for labeling and safety testing of #heparin containing medical devices and device-led combination products to help reduce the risk of patient injury. To read the guidance, click here: https://go.usa.gov/xP2VB  #MedicalDevice pic.twitter.com/hsdX5ylKPu

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

14-9-2018

Federal Register Notice: #FDA Request for Nominations of Voting Members on a Public Advisory Committee; National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee. Nominations are due by November 5, 2018. For more information, click here:  https://go.usa.g

Federal Register Notice: #FDA Request for Nominations of Voting Members on a Public Advisory Committee; National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee. Nominations are due by November 5, 2018. For more information, click here: https://go.usa.g

Federal Register Notice: #FDA Request for Nominations of Voting Members on a Public Advisory Committee; National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee. Nominations are due by November 5, 2018. For more information, click here: https://go.usa.gov/xPgW5  #MedicalDevice

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

14-9-2018

Federal Register Notice: Request for Nominations on Public Advisory Panels of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee. Nominations are due by October 9, 2018. For more information, click here:  https://go.usa.gov/xPgWa  #MedicalDevice

Federal Register Notice: Request for Nominations on Public Advisory Panels of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee. Nominations are due by October 9, 2018. For more information, click here: https://go.usa.gov/xPgWa  #MedicalDevice

Federal Register Notice: Request for Nominations on Public Advisory Panels of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee. Nominations are due by October 9, 2018. For more information, click here: https://go.usa.gov/xPgWa  #MedicalDevice

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

14-9-2018

Federal Register Notice: #FDA Request for Nominations for Voting Members on a Public Advisory Committee; Technical Electronic Product Radiation Safety Standards Committee. Nominations are due by November 5, 2018. For more information, click here: https://

Federal Register Notice: #FDA Request for Nominations for Voting Members on a Public Advisory Committee; Technical Electronic Product Radiation Safety Standards Committee. Nominations are due by November 5, 2018. For more information, click here: https://

Federal Register Notice: #FDA Request for Nominations for Voting Members on a Public Advisory Committee; Technical Electronic Product Radiation Safety Standards Committee. Nominations are due by November 5, 2018. For more information, click here: https://go.usa.gov/xPgDd 

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

14-9-2018

#FDA approves device for treatment of acute coronary artery perforations. Read more about the approval here:  https://go.usa.gov/xPgTA  #MedicalDevice

#FDA approves device for treatment of acute coronary artery perforations. Read more about the approval here: https://go.usa.gov/xPgTA  #MedicalDevice

#FDA approves device for treatment of acute coronary artery perforations. Read more about the approval here: https://go.usa.gov/xPgTA  #MedicalDevice

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

14-9-2018

#FDA MQSA: Mammography Facility Adverse Event and Action Report - September 13, 2018: Lakes Radiology II, Inc. Read the report here:  http://go.usa.gov/xPgTB  #MedicalDevice

#FDA MQSA: Mammography Facility Adverse Event and Action Report - September 13, 2018: Lakes Radiology II, Inc. Read the report here: http://go.usa.gov/xPgTB  #MedicalDevice

#FDA MQSA: Mammography Facility Adverse Event and Action Report - September 13, 2018: Lakes Radiology II, Inc. Read the report here: http://go.usa.gov/xPgTB  #MedicalDevice

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

22-8-2018

Do you need to improve your contact lens wear and care habits? Here are some simple tips to help keep your eyes safe! #OnePairTakeCarepic.twitter.com/Gnez9sxXgE

Do you need to improve your contact lens wear and care habits? Here are some simple tips to help keep your eyes safe! #OnePairTakeCarepic.twitter.com/Gnez9sxXgE

Do you need to improve your contact lens wear and care habits? Here are some simple tips to help keep your eyes safe! #OnePairTakeCare pic.twitter.com/Gnez9sxXgE

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration

20-8-2018

Contact Lens Health Week is here and the FDA and @CDCgov are reminding you of safe measures to ensure proper use of contact lenses. Check out the CDC’s Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eye video #OnePairTakeCarepic.twitter.com/jxiBHA3CiT

Contact Lens Health Week is here and the FDA and @CDCgov are reminding you of safe measures to ensure proper use of contact lenses. Check out the CDC’s Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eye video #OnePairTakeCarepic.twitter.com/jxiBHA3CiT

Contact Lens Health Week is here and the FDA and @CDCgov are reminding you of safe measures to ensure proper use of contact lenses. Check out the CDC’s Healthy Habits Mean Healthy Eye video #OnePairTakeCare pic.twitter.com/jxiBHA3CiT

FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration