Statement on Two Studies on Safety of Artificial Sweeteners

EFSA will issue a scientific statement on two recent studies on the safety of artificial sweeteners by the end of February 2011, responding to a request for technical assistance from the European Commission. Guided by the statement of the Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to food (ANS) published today, EFSA’s scientific evaluation will be carried out in close co-operation with the French agency for food, environmental and occupational health safety, ANSES, and will help inform the Authority’s ongoing work on artificial sweeteners.

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Statement on Tolerable Weekly Intake for Cadmium

Foodstuffs are the major source of cadmium exposure for the non-smoking general population. Cadmium exerts toxic effects after long-term exposure mostly on the kidney but also on the bones.In 2009 the EFSA’s Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM Panel) established a tolerable weekly intake (TWI) of 2.5 µg/kg body weight (b.w.) for cadmium.

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Scientific Opinion on the Revision of the Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) of the BSE Risk Posed by Processed Animal Proteins (PAPs)

Following a request from the European Commission (EC), the Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on the revision of the Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) of the Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) risk posed by Processed Animal Proteins (PAPs).

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CAFIA found Pekinese cabbage with pesticide dimethoate exceeding limits

Within targeted inspections of foreign substances which are checked by the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) in assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables offered in retail, wholesale and within import controls, a non-compliant lot of foodstuff “Pekinese cabbage” was detected at wholesale of company Jilemnická obchodní společnost, spol. s. r. o., Komenského 70, Jilemnice 514 01.

Following product was concerned: Fresh Pekinese cabbage in containers, country of origin: Poland. CAFIA analysis confirmed contamination by pesticide dimethoate amounting to 0.038 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg), while relevant legislation provides for that the maximum admissible limit for dimethoate must not be higher than 0.01 mg/kg. Dimethoate is an insecticide used as a plant protection against insect pests.

These facts show that the operator violated Regulation (EC) No. 396/2005 on maximum residue levels of pesticides in or on food and feed. CAFIA will initiate an administrative procedure on imposition of a fine with the inspected person.

CAFIA informed of further similar detected cases in its Press Releases.


Author: Mgr. Pavel Kopřiva , phone : +420 542 426 633