The cannabidiol, CBD, an active substance most often of natural origin, is one of the phyto-cannabinoids. CBD, as the tétrahydrocannabinol (THC ), is present in the cannabis flowers and leaves. It is a non-addictive psychotropic drug, unlike THC. It is also a component in the form of an extract, medicine, or everyday consumer products, only some of which are authorised in France under specific conditions of THC content. In addition, CBD is considered at European level as a novel food whose safety is currently being assessed by EFSA.
The EFSA’s Scientific Committee has assessed the exposure to copper from all dietary and non-dietary sources for the first time for this substance. He has concluded that the combined exposure to copper from all sources does not pose health concerns for the EU population.
Under a new Regulation, lesser mealworm larvae enter the list of authorized novel foods.
Vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, is essential for the proper functioning of our body and plays a decisive role in the quality of bone tissue. It is provided by food (dairy products, fish, eggs) and is produced by skin exposed to the sun. However, more than 1 in 3 French people fail to meet their physiological vitamin D3 needs, which is a major public health concern. Indeed, a vitamin D3 deficiency exposes people to known risks for human health, in particular during periods of growth. Pediatric societies recommend routine vitamin D supplementation for children to prevent rickets and for the elderly to avoid osteoporosis.
Conformément à l’article 31 du règlement (CE) n° 178/2002, la Commission européenne a demandé à l’EFSA d’évaluer si les données de deux nouvelles publications scientifiques présentées par la Société italienne de toxicologie étaient suffisantes pour réviser leurs conclusions sur la sécurité des dérivés d’hydroxyanthracène dans les aliments.
A new One Health Joint Plan of Action (OH JPA) has been launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH). This first Joint Plan on One Health aims to create a framework to integrate systems and capabilities so that we can collectively better prevent, predict, detect and respond to health threats. This initiative aims to improve the health of humans, animals, plants and the environment, while contributing to sustainable development.
On 28 June 2022, a webinar information session was held to present the recently published EFSA “Statement on safety of cannabidiol as a novel food: data gaps and uncertainties” to stakeholders.
The EFSA scientific opinion, adopted last July, concluded on the safety of a preparation obtained from Akkermansia muciniphila. Orchidali resumes and comments the topic.
The EU has lowered the maximum authorised levels for the harmful heavy metal contaminants, cadmium and lead, in food and drink sold in Europe.
On August 3rd, the EFSA published 2 guidances: one on the technical requirements to establish the presence of small particles in food products and another one on the risk assessments of nanomaterials in the food chain.