Science protecting consumers from field to fork

Science protecting consumers from field to fork


Millions of Europeans make choices
about food every day. The European Food Safety Authority or
EFSA helps protect consumers from food-related risks by providing
independent scientific advice to the decision makers who regulate food
safety. Europe’s food comes from an
ever-increasing number of sources so care must be
taken to ensure its safety. Among the many areas of
EFSA’s work, three important examples include
food-borne diseases,
pesticides and health claims. Across Europe, efforts are being
made to reduce the levels of food borne diseases transmitted
from animals to humans. For example, Salmonella bacteria that
cause hundreds of thousands of cases of food poisoning in Europe every year. Member States collect data on the presence
of the bacteria in food and animals. EFSA’s scientific experts use
this data to provide advice to decision makers on the dangers posed
to human health by Salmonella. EFSA also makes recommendations on how
to prevent and reduce these risks. This expertise contributes to
an EU-wide salmonella reduction programme led by the European
Commission that has cut the number of human Salmonella cases by half in five years. Pesticides are used
to protect food crops from pests and disease but using them
safely requires regulation and control. EFSA’s scientific experts review and monitor data from Member States,
industry and academic studies on pesticide residues in food and assess the risks from
pesticides for consumers, farm workers, animals
and the environment. EFSA’s recommendations have
underpinned the setting
of science-based safety standards for pesticide
residue levels in food. Its work has contributed to removing hundreds
of substances used in pesticides from the market. Food items often carry claims
about their supposed health benefits, but can consumers
really trust the labels? The independent experts working
for EFSA have evaluated the science behind more than three
thousand health claims to determine if they’re based
on sound scientific evidence. Authorities within the
EU use this advice to protect consumers
from misleading claims when drawing up rules for food
labelling and advertising. EU legislators will not authorise a
claim unless EFSA’s experts are
satisfied that the claim can be scientifically substantiated. The way we produce and
consume food is
constantly changing as a result of factors such as advances in food technology, climate change, new eating habits and the globalization of trade. In this ever-changing environment EFSA’s work helps to ensure that our food is safe.

4 Replies to “Science protecting consumers from field to fork”

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