A resistance to antibiotics that are needed to treat serious diseases in humans has been found in meat in the food chain according to a European Union summary report on antimicrobial resistance in humans, animals and food.
The struggle to have the herbicide glyphosate banned, in the face of strong industry resistance, has taken yet another twist, with store managers in the UK asked to withdraw a product claimed to be harmful to customers, and EU authorities accused of (at best) sloppy procedures.
Following campaigning by parents and health professionals, the UK has made progress on removing potentially harmful additives from children's food. Now that the UK is leaving the EU and new trade deals are on the cards, we need to ensure these helpful policies and standards continue to be supported in the UK, says Annie Seeley of Action on Additives.
The European Food Safety Authority has decided that they probaly do not, even in the final third of gestation, but also notes a lack of evidence and calls for measures to ensure fewer animals are pregnant at slaughter.
Sustain has signed up to a new statement calling for a radical reform of European agriculture and related policies.
After finding traces of a carcinogen, an Italian consumer group has warned parents to avoid infant formula and snack foods containing palm oil.
Efforts to have the pesticide relicensed for use in the EU have run into difficulties, and may not succeed before the June deadline
The European Food Safety Authority has gone against the International Agency of Research on Cancer by concluding that the herbicide glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer.
The European Food Safety Authority has launched a public consultation on its draft Strategy 2020.
The European Food Safety Authority have announced they will include the findings of a recent report suggesting glyphosate is probably a carcinogen in their ongoing review of the herbicide.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a risk assessment on intakes of caffeine.
The European Commission and representatives of member states are currently re-writing European food law. This happens once every 10 years; current law was agreed in 2004 - EU Regulation 882 - and came it into effect in 2006. This time, however, they plan fundamental change by deregulating food as far as possible, especially in how meat is inspected and produced. This means removing independent controls over what slaughterhouses are allowed to do and what finds its way onto our plates. Help support Unison to take action. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @foodwholesome.
The Danish Food and Agriculture Ministry released statistics comparing antibiotic use in Danish organic and conventional pigs in response to a parliamentary question. Conventional pigs were treated with about ten times more doses than organic pigs - and for weaner pigs up to 20 times. In the UK, data on antibiotic use by species is not yet available but sales data suggests that use in British pigs and poultry is about 4 or 5 times higher than in Denmark. If UK organic pigs receive similar amounts of antibiotics as Danish ones, then the difference between UK organic and conventional pigs could be about 40 or 50 fold.
EFSA (the European Food Safety Authority) and the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) have raised concerns about anti-microbial resistance in bacteria found in chicken across Europe. Their latest report found that campylobacter is becoming resistant to front-line drugs, limiting treatment options for some of the most common food-borne infections.See Sustain's work with the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics here.
Government scientists have reported the first-ever cases of livestock-associated MRSA in pigs in England. This is just weeks after scientists in Europe, where MRSA has been present in pigs for a decade, reported that the same strain of livestock-associated MRSA is evolving to become a serious human hazard.
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