Author: Gábor Szunyogh



EFSA launches ‘Stop African swine fever’ campaign in south-east Europe EFSA has begun a major campaign to raise awareness and help halt the spread of African swine fever in south-east Europe. Allergenicity assessment of GM plants: stakeholders to support working group EFSA is setting up a stakeholder consultative group to support its upcoming work on the allergenicity assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants. The group will be consulted at various stages during the process and will provide input to the EFSA scientific working group in charge of the activity. Pesticides and bees: evidence on mortality rates reviewed EFSA has completed a comprehensive analysis of the available scientific evidence on bee mortality, as part of its ongoing review of the guidance for assessing risks to bees from pesticides.

Food safety news: Experts affirm that coronavirus is ‘highly unlikely’ to be food risk It is highly unlikely that SARS-CoV-2 is a food safety risk, according to an international group of scientists. Sampling and testing for virus not best use of resources ICMSF experts said SARS-CoV-2 should not be considered a food safety hazard since such a hazard enters the human body with food via the gastrointestinal tract, where it can infect organs and tissues elsewhere in the body. Scientists gave an example of the hepatitis A virus, which enters the bloodstream and causes foodborne disease, ultimately establishing infection in the liver.



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