Understanding EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provides scientific advice on risks related to food, issuing guidance on emerging and existing issues. European policymaking, rules and laws are informed by this advice, which helps protect consumers and increases trust in the EU’s food safety system. 

What kinds of things does EFSA take into consideration?

EFSA looks at many things related to food, including animal welfare and health, nutrition, plant health and protection and packaging.

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How does EFSA work?

A management board with 15 members, who all act in the public interest, governs EFSA. They do represent any industry sector, organization or government. The organization’s scientific work is handled by its scientific committee, which has ten panels staffed by leading scientists. 

When more specialized knowledge is required, a panel may create a working group that consists of both EFSA scientists and outside experts. Additionally, EFSA works closely with EU agencies focused on healthy and safety issues that involve animals, humans and the environment. 

Who benefits from EFSA?

Consumers across Europe benefit from the work of EFSA, which has made them some of the most well-informed and protected people in the world in terms of food chain risks. Institutions and governments in the EU also benefit, and use EFSA’s knowledge to manage public health issues and authorize the use of food and feed products.

Does EFSA do anything for labels and packaging? 

EFA is a scientific body that administers and updates EU food safety regulations, and this can extend into the world of labels and packaging. It also provides advice on many things related to food, including additives, flavorings and processing aids, and advises on the safety of food packaging and food contact materials.

Have questions about EFSA? 

If you have questions about how EFSA can impact your business, please get in touch with your sales representative. We can help you find labels that comply with EFSA regulations for food contact materials, ensuring you can get your products to consumers safely and quickly.