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May 13, 2013
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On May 13, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published “Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate (E 481) and calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate (E 482) as food additives.”

Sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate and calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate are used as emulsifiers and stabilizers, and they are authorized as food additives in the EU.  This scientific assessment re-evaluates the health safety of their use.

The European Union's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database

 

May 13, 2013
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On May 8, 2013 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance spinetoram.

May 7, 2013
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On May 7, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Review of the existing MRLs for 1,3-dichloropropene.

May 7, 2013
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On May 7, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Review of the existing MRLs for picolinafen.

May 2, 2013
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On May 2, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Modification of the existing MRLs for pendimethalin in various crops.

May 1, 2013
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The New York Times recently published an article, Europe Bans Pesticides Thought Harmful to Bees, detailing the EU's decision to proceed with a two-year ban on three neonicotinoid insecticides thought harmful to bees – clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.

The proposed restriction on the three neonicotinoids was voted on by the EU Member States but failed to reach a qualified majority, leaving the decision up to the Commission. Tonio Borg, the EU's Health and Consumer Commissioner, announced that the EU will move forward with the ban, stating:

Since our proposal is based on a number of risks to bee health identified by the European Food Safety Authority, the Commission will go ahead with its text in the coming weeks. […] I pledge to do my utmost to ensure that our bees, which are so vital to our ecosystem and contribute over €22 billion annually to European agriculture, are protected.

A European Union press release summarizes the main elements of the proposed ban. Restrictions will apply from December 1, 2013.

May 1, 2013
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On April 30, 2013 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Review of the existing MRLs for dimethenamid-P.

May 1, 2013
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On April 30, 2013 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance pyroxsulam.

April 26, 2013
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On April 25, 2013 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Reasoned opinion on the review of the existing MRLs in bifenox.

April 26, 2013
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On April 26, 2013 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Reasoned opinion on the review of the existing MRLs in propamocarb.

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