The Commission has asked EFSA for advice on the implications of animal cloning on food safety, animal health and welfare and the environment. There is no specific regulation on the authorisation of food products from cloned animals for human consumption at present and an EFSA opinion will help inform any future EU measures in this area. EFSA plans to produce a report within six months.

The Commission has announced the creation of three Community Reference Laboratories (CRLs) that will test for the presence of heavy metals, mycotoxins and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in food and feed. The three CLRs will ensure testing is performed to a reliable standard across the food chain by providing information, training and support to the Commission, national enforcement agencies, and the food and feed industry.

EFSA has published its opinion on dietary exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA). Consumers are exposed to BPA in food through certain plastic and other materials used in products such as bottles and cans. EFSA’s scientific AFC Panel concluded that setting a full Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) is now appropriate, following an extensive review, including all available new data from the last five years. People’s dietary exposure to BPA, including that of infants and children, is estimated to be well below the new TDI.