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EFSA is a European agency funded by the European Union that operates independently of the European legislative and executive institutions (Commission, Council, Parliament) and EU Member States. It was set up in 2002 following a series of food crises in the late 1990s to be a source of scientific advice and communication on risks associated with the food chain. The agency was legally established by the EU under the General Food Law - Regulation 178/2002.
The FAO/INFOODS Global Food Composition Database for Pulses (uPulses) provides nutrient values for pulses, a subgroup of legumes that includes dry edible seeds with low fat content. The majority of data are analytical data complemented by data from other published sources covering data for foods...read more
EFSA receives requests for opinions mainly from the European Commission and occasionally from the European Parliament. Member States can also request opinions. The request outlines what is being asked of EFSA: the issue, the terms of reference, the timeframe etc. Upon receipt of a request EFSA...read more
RASFF enables information to be shared efficiently between its members (EU-28 national food safety authorities, Commission, EFSA, ESA, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland) and provides a round-the-clock service to ensure that urgent notifications are sent, received and responded to...read more
The Codex Alimentarius or "Food Code" was established by FAO and the World Health Organization in 1963 to develop harmonised international food standards, which protect consumer health and promote fair practices in food trade. The Codex Alimentarius international food standards,...read more
Residues of some chemicals are unintentionally present in some foods as a result of food production, e.g. spraying of crops with pesticides, use of veterinary medicines for food-producing animals. EFSA publishes an annual report on pesticide residues in the EU based on monitoring information...read more
EFSA gathers data on food additives through continuous collections and/or calls for particular assessments. Aggregated statistics on data analysed in European countries and transmitted to EFSA through continuous calls for data are available here. Three interactive presentations have been created...read more
EFSA analyses data on zoonotic diseases (infections and diseases that are transmissible between animals and humans), antimicrobial resistance and food-borne outbreaks across the EU. Data are submitted annually by Member States, in compliance with EU regulation. EFSA publishes, in collaboration...read more
The EFSA Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database contains data on food consumption habits and patterns across the EU. It provides detailed information for a number of European countries in refined food categories and specific population groups. Statistics from the database enable quick...read more
CountrySTAT is a web-based information system for food and agriculture statistics at regional, national and subnational levels.read more