- April 18, 2019
EU Parliament votes for more transparency of food safety studies
In a plenary vote today, the European Parliament endorsed the deal agreed with Member
States1 on a proposal to end secrecy around scientific studies on food safety.
When a company wants to market a new food additive, pesticide or GMO, it submits studies
to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to show its product is safe. Under the
reformed legislation, EFSA will have to publish these studies at an early stage of the risk
Confidential treatment will only be granted to a closed list of non-safety related information
items, provided industry can prove that publication would cause commercial harm.
BEUC Director General, Monique Goyens, commented: "With these new rules, the EU is taking transparency to the next level. Public controversies
around glyphosate, aspartame or bisphenol A have eroded consumer confidence in the way
the EU decides what food is safe and what is not. It was high time the EU stopped the
secrecy around the studies EFSA relies on for its assessment of substances that end up in
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