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Transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain

ENVI 12-06-2018 - 16:05
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On 11 April 2018, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain, amending the General Food Law Regulation ((EC) No 178/2002) as well as eight legislative acts dealing with specific sectors in the food chain: GMOs (cultivation and for Food/Feed uses), feed additives, smoke flavourings, food contact materials, food additives, food enzymes and flavourings, plant protection products and novel foods.

This proposal follows the European Citizens Initiative on glyphosate, and specifically the concerns voiced regarding the studies to be used in the evaluation of pesticides. In order to address these concerns, the Commission proposes to strengthen the transparency in the risk assessment process and provide additional guarantees of reliability, objectivity and independence of the studies used by EFSA in risk assessments. The proposal also follows the fitness check of the General Food Law Regulation, which identified the need to improve the transparency in the EU decision-making cycle as well as the need to safeguard the European Food Safety Authority's ability to get access to a sufficiently high number of qualified and multidisciplinary scientific experts.

Rapporteur: Renate Sommer (EPP)

Shadows: P. Poc (S&D), A. Gericke (ECR), F. Federley (ALDE), M. Häusling (Greens/EFA), A. Hazekamp (GUE/NGL).