Alphitobius diaperinus: the European Commission authorizes an additional edible insect species

Under a new Regulation, lesser mealworm larvae enter the list of authorized novel foods

Anses advises against including vitamin D3 in the list of endocrine disruptors to be mentioned on food product label

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.

EFSA confirms the toxicity of hydroxyanthracene derivatives in food

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.

Launch of One Health Joint Plan of Action to address health threats to humans, animals, plants and environment

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.

The safety of cannabidiol as a Novel Food in EU: data gaps and uncertainties

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.

EFSA Scientific Opinion on the safety of pasteurized Akkermansia muciniphila as a novel food: a commented overview

The EFSA scientific opinion, adopted last July, concluded on the safety of a preparation obtained from Akkermansia muciniphila. Orchidali resumes and comments the topic.

EU lowers maximum authorised levels for cadmium and lead contaminants

The EU has lowered the maximum authorised levels for the harmful heavy metal contaminants, cadmium and lead, in food and drink sold in Europe.

EFSA guidances on nanomaterials in food chain

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.

The DGCCRF continues to find and recall products contaminated with ethylene oxide

Ethylene Oxide (ETO) is a fumigant gas long known for its fungicidal and bactericidal qualities. This technique is listed in the Codex

Consultation publique de l’EFSA ouverte jusqu’à fin février 2021 : appel à données de l’EFSA sur l’acide alpha-lipoïque (ALA)

La Commission Européenne a placé l’acide alpha-lipoïque (ALA) en procédure article 8 du Règlement (UE) 1925/2006. La Commission a donc demandé à