Human food, nutrition, nutritional data, food hygiene, biological risks, physico-chemical risks, food chain, consumption surveillance "Anti-hangover" drink: no scientific basis for alleged claims 1 February 2011 1 October 2009 1 september 2011 10 February 2011 10 January 2010 10 July 2012 10 June 2011 11 January 2010 11 January 2011 12 July 2011 12 May 2011 12 September 2011 14 August 2012 14 May 2010 15 March 2011 16 July 2012 16 june 2010 16 June 2011 16 March 2010 16 November 2011 18 June 2012 18 March 2010 18 May 2010 19 January 2012 19 september 2012 1st March 2012 21 June 2010 21 October 2010 22 october 2012 22 octobre 2009 23 March 2010 24 September 2010 25 November 2010 26 May 2011 26 september 2012 27 April 2010 27 septembre 2011 28 July 2010 29 June 2011 30 June 2011 4 May 2010 4 May 2012 5 February 2010 5 May 2011 5 november 2012 6 June 2012 7 December 2010 8 April 2010 8 June 2011 8 June 2012 9 December 2010 9 november 2012 > All close-ups > Compléments alimentaires > Consultation of the reports > Our close-up > Previous topics > Professionals : information and exchange module >> Find out more >> On line declaration >Find out more (French) A new health & safety scheme for nutritional vigilance A new study on the toxicity of GMOs was published today. Solicited by the French government, ANSES will immediately examine this new study and will inform the ministries of its conclusions without delay. A so-called ‘anti-hangover’ drink will be placed on the market in France over the next few days. It claims to reduce blood alcohol levels. AFSSA stresses that these drinks can give a false sense of security and are likely to lead to uncontrolled alcohol consumption, particularly before driving. AFSSA assesses consumer exposure to bisphenol A in France AFSSA establishes critical blood concentration levels for PCBs AFSSA has issued over twenty opinions to evaluate PCB risks and to recommend measures for reducing consumer exposure levels. In its latest opinion, issued today, it sets the critical PCB impregnation levels for populations exposed to PCBs and recommends regulatory changes in order to account for total PCBs. After examining two new studies of the possible health effects of aspartame, the Agency confirms, in an Opinion published today, that there is no sufficient scientific basis for a toxicological re-evaluation, but indicates that it wishes to broaden the study. ANSES will therefore be setting up a working group to assess the nutritional benefits and risks of intense sweeteners and the need to draw up recommendations for any vulnerable population groups identified in the course of its work. Agency's recommendations for the summer Agency's role is to assess food-related health risks and safety issues through its research in the areas of food consumption behaviour, biological risks, food hygiene and storage, food additives and flavourings, residues in food and water and food and food-related allergies. An abnormal increase in cases of haemorrhagic diarrhoea and haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) has been observed in Germany and in certain other European countries. A foodborne bacterium could be the source of these cases. ANSES provides an update below on the current state of knowledge regarding these bacteria and the general precautions to be taken. An overview by ANSES of the Caribbean population's food-based exposure to pesticide residues ANSES assesses the nutritional benefits and risks of intense sweeteners ANSES has been monitoring the issue surrounding the safety of energy drinks for many years. To this end, and within the framework of the nutritional vigilance scheme, the Agency has been gathering information on adverse effects that are suspected to be linked to consumption of these products. Several cases were recently reported to ANSES in which energy drinks were consumed along with alcohol. The Agency invites individuals who have noticed adverse effects following consumption of these beverages to contact a health professional who should declare the cases brought to their attention to ANSES via the nutritional vigilance scheme. ANSES highlights the weaknesses of the study by Séralini et al., but recommends new research on the long-term effects of GMOs ANSES is in charge of providing support to the French authorities for the implementation of the European regulation concerning the classification and labelling of chemicals. In keeping with the work the Agency has conducted on bisphenol A, it has filed a proposal with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to revise the classification of this substance in order to make it more stringent on the EU level with regard to reproductive toxicity. ANSES proposes a more stringent EU level classification for bisphenol A as a substance toxic to reproduction ANSES to immediately examine a new study on GMO toxicity ANSES today launched a nutritional vigilance scheme for novel foods, fortified foods, food supplements and foodstuffs intended for specific diets. The scheme will enable authorities to identify possible adverse effects related to their consumption and to undertake targeted expert appraisals. The review of the pilot phase launched in 2009 on food supplements confirmed that the vigilance scheme did indeed improve consumer protection. ANSES today published an expert report on the assessment of risks related to dietary weight-loss practices. This report, which falls within the scope of the "body image" topic organised by the French National Health and Nutrition Programme, will be submitted to stakeholders for consultation, in order to draw up recommendations in an opinion to be published in early 2011. ANSES today published two reports on the uses of bisphenol A and the health risks involved. This work highlights health effects that have been proven in animals and suspected in humans, even at low levels of exposure. This work is one step in a continuing risk assessment process. The Agency considers, however, that it now has enough scientific evidence to be able to identify that the priority should be to prevent the exposure of the most susceptible populations, which mainly entails the substitution of bisphenol A. In this context, the Agency is submitting the findings of its work for consultation and is issuing a call for contributions in order to collect any scientific data on alternatives and their safety. ANSES was requested by the French Government to examine the paper by Séralini et al. published on 19 September 2012. The collective expert assessment carried out by the Agency concluded that the results of this research do not cast doubt on previous regulatory assessments of NK603 maize and Roundup. However, ANSES emphasises the small number of published studies dealing with the potential long-term effects of the consumption of GMOs in association with pesticides and recommends undertaking research into these issues. In addition, the Agency calls for national or European funding to enable large-scale studies and research for consolidating our knowledge of insufficiently documented health risks. ANSES, asked by the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) to assess a claim that a beverage marketed in France can lower blood alcohol levels, considers the claim to be scientifically unfounded and therefore unacceptable. ANSES, asked by the Ministry of Health to provide a review of the presence of drug residues in water for human consumption, today publishes the results of an initial national analysis campaign. As part of the investigations it has been pursuing since 2002 into the dietary risk associated with chlordecone, ANSES has especially been examining the dietary exposure of young children in Guadeloupe during their dietary diversification phase. The results of this study, which are published today, show that long-term exposure does not exceed tolerable toxicity thresholds. Regarding short-term exposure, the Agency's study emphasises the importance of respecting ministerial Orders governing marketing authorisatiHuman foodSee nutritionInfos on nutritional dataGo to food hygieneMore infos on biological risks physico-chemical risksMore infos on food chain consumption surveillance AnsesGo to alimentation
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