EFSA recently published its 2007 annual report showing that its scientific output increased by 63 per cent during 2007 compared to 2006, with just over 200 scientific opinions and around 1,000 assessments of new applications and re-evaluations of previously authorised substances. Co-operation with national risk assessment authorities in member states also increased significantly.
Highlights of the EFSA’s works in 2007 included:
- the evaluation of a number of sweeteners, preservatives and colours. One evaluation of food colour ‘Red 2G’ resulted in its immediate ban by EU authorities;
- the evaluation of maximum residue levels for over 200 pesticides; and
- the completion of EU-wide comparable surveys for salmonella levels in chickens, which will assist the European Commission in setting EU reduction targets.