The good news is that Bisphenol A has been banned from children’s drinking bottles, and safer crop protection products have been introduced for gardeners. But alas there are more cases of extreme animal neglect, and still too many bars and cafés are flouting the smoking ban. You can read about all these things - and many more besides - in the 2012 Activity Report of the Animal, Plant and Food Directorate-General.
Since 1 February 2013, suppliers of colouring agents for the food industry must state the aluminium content on the label. This gives food producers all the information they need to adjust their product composition if necessary in order to comply with the new standards for aluminium in food by 1 August 2014. The measure is a part of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 380/2012 of 3 May 2012 as regards the conditions of use and the use levels for alumin...
Today, 26 February 2013, saw the launch of the revolutionary new FOODSUP application for the electronic registration of food supplements and enriched foodstuffs. With this application, the FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment can process registration applications more quickly and above all communicate much more efficiently with the companies and other official bodies concerned.
The international Codex Alimentarius Commission has approved and published new guidelines for the control of viruses in food, to which the FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment also contributed. Foodborne viruses can affect a large amount of people, resulting in a so-called “stomach flu”, in a short amount of time. Hygiene is critical in preventing transmission of the viruses.
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