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04.03.2019

European citizens’ initiative sparks new EU food transparency rules

The EU institutions have agreed on a new General Food Law Regulation in response to concerns expressed by European citizens in the ‘Ban Glyphosate’ initiative, which called for more transparency in making public scientific studies on food safety.

The revised regulation will aim to ensure more transparency in food safety approval procedures. It will:

  • create a common European register of commissioned studies
  • allow for additional studies by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) at the request of the Commission
  • make public and stakeholder consultations on industry-supported studies compulsory
  • strengthen risk communication to citizens.

These new elements will aim to improve consumer confidence in the safety of food in the EU and promote public awareness and understanding of EFSA’s scientific opinions.

Find out more by reading Commission press release.

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