EFSA renews scientific panels

EFSA seeks scientists to join the Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS) or the Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF)

EFSA assesses safety of 3 FCM substances

EFSA’s CEF Panel considers poly((R)-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-(R)-3-hydroxyhexanoate), polyacrylic acid, sodium salt, cross-linked, and potassium metabisulfite safe for use in food contact materials under certain conditions

EFSA EREN: Identifying emerging risks

Overview article describes outcomes of EFSA’s emerging risks exchange network (EREN) from 2010-2014, strategy for dealing with emerging risks in food safety

EFSA: Non-monotonic dose response update

EFSA-commissioned review of non-monotonic dose response (NMDR) studies published; four substances relevant to food safety identified with potential for NMDR effects

EFSA to review BPA once more

EFSA reviews effects of BPA on immune system by summer 2016; general reevaluation of BPA to start in 2017; final scientific opinion scheduled for 2018

EFSA working group on FCMs: 12th meeting

Updated meeting minutes of EFSA’s CEF Panel working group on FCMs available on EFSA’s website

Priorities for future work on food safety

EFSA-commissioned survey of expert opinions identifies 28 priority topics for work on food safety, covering chemical, microbiological and environmental risk assessment, and nutrition

EFSA: Activity 2015 and outlook for 2016-2019

EFSA publishes Annual Activity Report 2015 and a revised version of Programming document with strategic outlook for 2016-2019

EFSA/WHO report on TTC approach

A report by EFSA and WHO on the use of TTC in chemical risk assessment announces TTC ‘fit for purpose as a screening tool’; article by Chemical Watch discusses some concerns still unresolved

EFSA: Information for the public

EFSA opens doors to public on April 26-29, 2016; registration for info sessions open until April 11, 2016