European Food Safety Authority

"Following a series of food scares in the 1990s (eg BSE, dioxins…) which undermined consumer confidence in the safety of the food chain, the European Union concluded that it needed to establish a new scientific body charged with providing independent and objective advice on food safety issues associated with the food chain. Its primary objective as set out in the White Paper on Food Safety would be to: “…contribute to a high level of consumer health protection in the area of food safety, through which consumer confidence can be restored and maintained.” The result was the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Set up provisionally in Brussels in 2002, EFSA provides independent scientific advice on all matters linked to food and feed safety - including animal health and welfare and plant protection - and provides scientific advice on nutrition in relation to Community legislation. The Authority communicates to the public in an open and transparent way on all matters within its remit. EFSA’s risk assessments provide risk managers (consisting of EU institutions with political accountability, i.e. European Commission, European Parliament and Council) with a sound scientific basis for defining policy driven legislative or regulatory measures required to ensure a high level of consumer protection with regards to food safety." (Source: EFSA website )




The term "European Food Safety Authority" was found in the following pages:

Link database: EFSA: Scientific Opinion on the safety of a copper chelate of hydroxy analogue of methionine (Mintrex®Cu) as feed additive for all species
EU agrees on maximum cadmium level in fertilisers | EVISA's News
Link database: EFSA: Mercury in food: EFSA scientific opinion
All about food sciences | EVISA's News
Effect of cooking on the speciation of chromium in food | EVISA's News
United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency granted derogation to Chromium (III) compounds as a food supplement | EVISA's News
EFSA calls for data on selenium and chromium | EVISA's News
EFSA calls for data on arsenic levels in food and water | EVISA's News
Human exposure to organotin compounds via consumption of fish | EVISA's News
Half of the rice sold in the UK breaches limits on arsenic for children | EVISA's News
Link database: EFSA: Potassium molybdate as a source of molybdenum added for nutritional purposes to food supplements
France to ban titanium dioxide whitener in food from 2020 | EVISA's News
Methylmercury in European rice varies by more than a factor of 50 | EVISA's News
Link database: EFSA: Organotins in food
Journals database: EFSA Journal
Link database: EFSA: L-selenomethionine as a source of selenium added for nutritional purposes to food supplements
Capabilities of EU labs to determine inorganic arsenic in food have improved | EVISA's News
Link database: EFSA: Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for manganese
Link database: EFSA: Scientific Opinion on Lead in Food
Polish selenium supplements not always labeled accurately | EVISA's News