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Nanomaterials in plastic packaging - are they safe for consumers?

During a roundtable discussion hosted by Holger Krahmer MEP (ALDE, DE) and organised by The Parliament Magazine and Plastics Europe, a study was presented on whether nanomaterials present in food packaging could potentially migrate into the food and presents risks to consumers. Presentations Photos What is nanotechnology? Nanomaterials as defined in a 2011 Commission Recommendation are materials which often have specific properties due to their small particle size. It offers a (...)

How do Europeans perceive food risks?

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) surveyed consumers across Europe to know more about their perception of food-related risks and their confidence in public authorities dealing with such problems. Do EU citizens have less confidence in national or EU authorities’ power to protect them since the last survey in 2005? Are EU citizens afraid of what they eat? Please find below the results of the Eurobarometer survey published in November 2010. Since the last study on (...)

European Commission supports "responsible innovation" of nanotechnology for public health

The European Commission has outlined its current progress and future plans for nanotechnology development in the European Union, highlighting the potential benefits for both public health and innovation, during a meeting in the European Parliament organised by Cristian Busoi MEP (ALDE - Romania) and Jurgen Creutzmann MEP (ALDE - Germany) At a seminar organised by ALDE MEPs Christian Busoi (Romania) and Jurgen Creutzmann (Germany), the Director General of the Commission’s department (...)
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Give your opinion on EFSA’s communications strategy

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a consultation on its communications strategy. Dating from 2006, the current strategy needs to be reviewed to face new challenges. The deadline for contribution is the 5 July 2010. The role of EFSA to assess all risks associated with the food chain makes its communication to the public a key challenge. Information ensures that citizens are aware of the risks they might encounter and it allows them to adapt their behaviours. Its (...)

Risk Assessment for GMOs: The Role for Europe

On 14-15 September 2009, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) organised a two-day conference in order to examine the Authority’s role in GMO risk assesment for human and animal health and the environment. The purpose of the conference was to clarify EFSA’s role in the whole authorisation procedure and to bring together the different stakeholders that often have converging views. The conference gathered representatives from EU Member States, risk managers and (...)

Disease and obesity latest targets for nanotechnology

Scientists in the US have begun exploring techniques that may help to deliver a new generation of healthier foods, with the potential to reduce levels of cancer and obesity with the use of nanotechnology. At the same time, a new study has found that European consumers back nanotechnology, but are not convinced that the necessary risk assessment procedures are being taken. Food scientists have been looking at altering the very structure of ingredients to make potentially beneficial (...)

EPHA position on Nanotechnology

On 19 June 2009, EPHA responded to the public consultation from DG SANCO on the risk assessment of nanomaterials. Please find the EPHA response below. Adequate and effective regulation of nanomaterials and nanotechnology represents a current need for the health sector. Such regulation is vital to ensure that products containing manufactured nanoparticles are safe and beneficial to consumers and do not lead to new human health and environmental risks. Inadequate funding and the lack of (...)

Food 21: Implications for public health?

The High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the Agro-Food Industry has published its report online at the DG Enterprise website. EPHA participated in the process which began in 2008, and has made a concerted effort to make the resulting document as public health-friendly as possible. As a follow-up to the study "Competitiveness of the European Food Industry: an economic and legal assesment," the first meeting of the High Level Group took place on 12 June 2008, with the task of (...)

EFSA calls for Scientific data on applications of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials used in Food and Feed, February 2008

EFSA has just launched a Call for Scientific data on applications of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials used in Food and Feed. The deadline to contribute is 28 March 2008. The European Commission requested a scientific opinion from EFSA relating to the risks arising from nanoscience and nanotechnologies on food and feed safety and the environment. EFSA is seeking scientific contributions useful for the preparation of the opinion. For more details on the data EFSA is requesting, please see (...)
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