The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the agency of the European Union (EU) that provides independent scientific advice and communicates on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain. EFSA was established in February 2002, is based in Parma, Italy and had a budget for 2008 of €65.9 million.

The work of EFSA covers all matters with a direct or indirect impact on food and feed safety, including animal health and welfare, plant protection and plant health and nutrition. EFSA supports the European Commission, the European Parliament and EU member states in taking effective and timely risk management decisions that ensure the protection of the healthof European consumers and the safety of the food and feed chain. EFSA also communicates to the public in an open and transparent way on all matters within its remit.

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Published on: 10 October 2019

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Plant Health Newsletter: Media Monitoring No. 31


Published on: 10 October 2019

Following a notification from Nestec York Ltd (UK) submitted to the European Commission under Article 14 of Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 to place on the market the pulp from Theobroma cacao L. (subjected to pasteurization and freezing) as a traditional food (TF) from a third country, and in line with Article 15(2) of that Regulation, EFSA was asked by the European Commission whether there are duly reasoned safety objections to the placing on the market of the TF within the European Union (EU). The approach of EFSA for the evaluation of TF notifications is based on the EFSA guidance for stakeholders on notifications for authorisation of TF and on the principles described in the relevant existing guidance documents from the EFSA Scientific Committee. EFSA considers that the available data on composition and history of use of the TF do not raise safety concerns. Considering the available data, EFSA does not raise safety objections to the placing on the market of the requested TF (i.e. pulp from Theobroma cacao L. ‐ subjected to pasteurization and freezing) within the EU.


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Technical Report on the notification of pulp from Theobroma cacao L. as a traditional food from a third country pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EU) 2015/2283


Published on: 9 October 2019

The conclusions of the EFSA following the peer review of the initial risk assessments carried out by the competent authorities of the rapporteur Member State Estonia and co‐rapporteur Member State, France, for the pesticide active substance Phlebiopsis gigantea strains VRA 1835, VRA 1984 and FOC PG 410.3 are reported. The context of the peer review was that required by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 844/2012, as amended by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2018/1659. The conclusions were reached on the basis of the evaluation of the representative use of Phlebiopsis gigantea strains VRA 1835, VRA 1984 and FOC PG 410.3 as a fungicide (field use) on conifer forests: pine, spruce, larch. The reliable end points, appropriate for use in regulatory risk assessment, are presented. Missing information identified as being required by the regulatory framework is listed. Concerns are identified.


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Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance Phlebiopsis gigantea strains VRA 1835, VRA 1984 and FOC PG 410.3


Published on: 9 October 2019

EFSA's Panel on Food Additives and Flavourings (FAF Panel) has launched an open consultation on the draft “Protocol for the exposure assessment as part of the safety assessment of sweeteners under the food additives re-evaluation programme” conducted in the framework of Regulation (EC) No 257/2010. This consultation is intended to gain inputs from the interested parties and the scientific community on the proposed approach to assess the exposure to sweeteners that are being reevaluated by EFSA in the context of the re-evaluation programme of food additives. Interested parties are invited to submit written comments.

Please use the electronic template provided by 22nd November 2019. Please refer to the line and page numbers. To submit additional data or files to support your comments, there is an upload function available in the tool (a maximum of 1 Mb file size). Otherwise, you can also write to the following email address:

FIP.PublicConsul.EUS.002 [at] efsa.europa.eu  

Please note that comments will not be considered if they:

  • are submitted after the closing date of the public consultation
  • are presented in any form other than that provided for in the instructions and template
  • are not related to the contents of the document
  • contain complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material
  • are related to policy or risk management aspects, which are outside EFSA's remit.

EFSA will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the above criteria. The comments will be further considered by the relevant EFSA expert panel and taken into consideration if found to be relevant.

Copyright-cleared contributions

Persons or organisations participating in a Public Consultation of EFSA are responsible for ensuring that they hold all the rights necessary for their submissions and consequent publication by EFSA. Comments should inter alia be copyright cleared1 taking into account EFSA’s transparency policy and practice to publish all submissions. In case the submission reproduces third-party content in the form of charts, graphs or images, the required prior permissions of the right holder(s) should have been obtained by the PC respondent.

1 In case comments include/reproduce contents from third parties, the responded need to ask permission to content creators before submitting such contents

Publication of contributions

All comments submitted will be published. Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be presented anonymously. Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the organisation. 

Submit comments (deadline: 22 November 2019)


Public consultation on the draft protocol for the exposure assessment as part of the safety assessment of sweeteners under the food additives re-evaluation programme


Published on: 4 October 2019

EFSA's Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) has launched an open consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the risks to public health related to the presence of aflatoxins in food. This document presents estimations of human dietary exposure to aflatoxins and an assessment of human health risks related to dietary exposure to aflatoxins.

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 15 November 2019.

Please use the electronic template provided:
https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/AFLATOXINSPC2019 to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers. To submit additional data to support your comments or files, there is an upload function available in the tool (for a maximum size of 1Mb file).
Otherwise you can also contact specific unit’s functional mailbox: biocontam [at] efsa.europa.eu

Please note that comments will not be considered if they:

  • are submitted after the closing date of the consultation
  • are presented in any form other than what is provided for in the instructions and template
  • are not related to the contents of the document
  • contain complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material
  • are related to policy or risk management aspects, which are out of the scope of EFSA's activity.

EFSA will assess all comments which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the relevant EFSA Panel and taken into consideration if found to be relevant. Due to time constraints, EFSA cannot use additional occurrence data submitted during the public consultation for the dietary exposure assessment in this risk assessment. However, occurrence data submitted in SSD format will be stored and used for future risk assessments.

Copyright-cleared contributions

Persons or organizations participating in a Public Consultation of EFSA are responsible for ensuring that they hold all the rights necessary for their submissions and consequent publication by EFSA. Comments should inter alia be copyright cleared by taking into account EFSA’s transparency policy and practice to publish all submissions. In case the submission reproduces third-party content in the form of charts, graphs or images, the required prior permissions of the right holder(s) should have been obtained by the PC respondent

Publication of contributions

Contributions will be published (as part of an EFSA report published together with the final opinion) and may be re-used by EFSA in a different context. It should be noted that contributions submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be published as such, indicating the author’s first and family name, unless a substantial justification for protection is provided by the respondent. Contributions submitted on behalf of an organisation are also made publicly available and attributed to the organization in question.

Submit comments (deadline: 15 November 2019)


Public consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the risks to public health related to the presence of aflatoxins in food