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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Deadline: 2021-10-13
  • Ref: NP/EFSA/BIOCONTAM/2021/01
  • Budget: 100.000 €
  • Approximate launch date: 20/10/2021 
  • Deadline to register interest: 13/10/2021
  • Background:

    Arsenic occurs naturally in soil, ground water and plants. Inorganic arsenic may cause cancer of the skin, urinary bladder and lungs. Arsenobetaine, an organic arsenic species found in fish and seafood, is not metabolised in humans and assumed to  be not of toxicological  concern.  Arsenosugars and arsenolipids are  metabolised in humans (among other metabolic products to   dimethylarsinate) but information on toxicity is scarce. There is now also...

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was asked by the European Commission to provide scientific assistance with respect to the evaluation of applications received by the European Commission concerning basic substances. In this context, EFSA’s scientific views on the specific points raised during the commenting phase conducted with Member States and EFSA on the basic substance application for calcium propionate are presented.

In accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005, the Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food chain Safety and Environment submitted a request on behalf of Belgium (evaluating Member State, EMS) to modify the existing maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the active substance proquinazid in blueberries and cranberries. The data submitted in support of the request were found to be sufficient to derive MRL proposals for blueberries and cranberries.