Tracing Seeds (in Particular fenugreek) in Relation to the E. coli Outbreaks in Germany and France

 

On 21 May 2011, Germany reported an ongoing outbreak of Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli- bacteria (STEC]), serotype O104:H4 (Frank et al., 2011). In Germany, between 1 May and 28 June 2011, 838 Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) cases and 3 091 STEC cases with diarrhea have been reported, of which 47 persons have died (RKI, 2011).

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Scientific Opinion on Genotoxicity Testing Strategies

At the request of the European Food Safety Authority, the Scientific Committee has reviewed the current state-of-the-science on genotoxicity testing strategies and provided a commentary and recommendations on testing strategies, bearing in mind the needs of EFSA’s various Scientific Panels to have appropriate data for risk assessment. It is anticipated that this opinion will contribute to greater harmonisation between EFSA Panels on approaches to such testing.

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Scientific Opinion on Safety and Efficacy of Tribasic Copper Chloride as Feed Additive

Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP) was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on safety and efficacy of di copper chloride tri hydroxide (tribasic copper chloride, TBCC) as feed additive for all species. The assessment is based on TBCC and TBCC formulated with starch to reduce dusting potential.

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