Safe and transparent food chain: provisional agreement on availability and independence of scientific studies


European citizens will soon have easier access to scientific information on the fundamental issue of food safety and human health.

The presidency of the Council today reached a provisional agreement with European Parliament’s representatives on a new regulation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain. This provisional agreement still needs to be formally confirmed by both the Council and the European Parliament.

As well as granting greater transparency of the scientific studies supporting requests for market authorisation, the new rules will provide better legal certainty to the food industry and improve the sustainability of the governance and scientific performance of EFSA, the European food safety authority.

“European citizens deserve reliable and transparent rules on food safety. They need to have full information and clarity when it comes to assessing the potential risks of food products. With this agreement we further strengthen trust between consumers, the European agro-food industry and the institutions.”
Petre Daea, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania and President of the Council

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