Tag Archives: European Food Safety Authority

Glyphosate given temporary extension

The European Commission has extended the licence for glyphosate for another 18 months until Europe’s chemical experts have reported back. Environmental campaigners have long criticised the weedkiller as a toxic pollutant, but recently attention has focused on the risk it could pose to human health. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is…
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School head bans energy drinks

Energy drinks have been banned at a school in Scotland after children were found downing the caffeine-enriched products for breakfast. Melvyn Lynch, head teacher at Forfar Academy, said the drinks are a contributory factor in bad behaviour. In a letter to parents he also warned of the health risks, claiming that consumption can lead to…
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RSPCA bans ‘thinning’ in poultry production

THE RSPCA has banned its farmers from “thinning” their poultry flocks in a bid to improve welfare and drive down incidences of campylobacter. Thinning, or depopulation, is commonly used within the indoor-reared chicken industry to maximise the number of birds that can be reared within a shed over a given period of time. The process…
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Fourth pesticide found to harm bees

THE EUROPEAN Food Safety Authority has concluded that the insecticide fipronil “poses a high acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize”.                   The findings have prompted calls for the European Commission to look at restricting the use of the chemical, which is…
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EU countries vote in favour of pesticide ban

RESTRICTIONS ON THE pesticides some blame for harming bee populations moved a step closer today.                     In all, 15 European Member States supported a ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides. Eight countries voted against the ban and four abstained.   Given that a qualified majority was not…
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Too chicken to talk GM?

RISING PRICES could soon force the poultry industry to reverse its ban on genetically modified feed - but that means a difficult conversation with consumers.   In 2012 the area of land used to grow genetically modified (GM) crops increased by 6% to 170, hectares worldwide.   It is the 17th year in a row…
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