On March 27, 2020, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced the latest update to its OpenFoodTox database. This is the second update to the database since it was launched in 2017 (FPF reported), and it “now includes toxicity data on almost 5,000 chemicals drawn from over 2,000 scientific evaluations carried out by EFSA since 2002.” This includes an additional 150 substances from a further 200 scientific assessments since its last update in July 2018 (FPF reported). The tool aims to enable scientists to create alternatives to animal testing, such as computer models for environmental risk assessment. EFSA also announced that there are future plans for developing a next version of the database “to include more chemical properties such as metabolism, bioaccumulation and exposure data and linking the database to computer models used to predict toxicokinetics and toxicity.”

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EFSA (March 27, 2020). “Chemical hazards data and modelling boost.”

EFSA (March 27, 2020). “Chemical hazards data – OpenFoodTox.”

Chemical Watch (March 30, 2020). “Efsa adds 150 substances to toxicity database.”


EFSA (March 24, 2020). “Maintenance, update and further development of EFSA’s Chemical Hazards: OpenFoodTox 2.0.” (pdf)