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What you should know about EFSA - in 3 minutes

CEO publishes a new educational tool explaining some of the major problems at EFSA, the agency responsible for scientific advice on food safety to the EU institutions.

A 3 minutes animation allows you to find out more how EFSA operates and to what extent this benefits the big food, biotech and pesticides corporations such as Monsanto, Syngenta, Unilever, Nestlé... Are EFSA's experts and management independent from industry? What role does industry play in EFSA food safety tests? Doesn't EFSA look at other, independent research on these products?

Available in English, in French and with Spanish subtitles. Please pass it on and use this widely in your networks!

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EFSA animation (eng) from Corporate Europe on Vimeo.

EFSA animation (fr) from Corporate Europe on Vimeo.

EFSA animation (subtitles in Spanish) from Corporate Europe on YouTube.

For more information on conflicts of interest in EFSA and the use of independent science, see:
Exposed: Conflicts of interest among EFSA's experts on food additives

Ce que vous devez savoir sur l'EFSA - en 3 minutes.

CEO publie un nouvel outil de vulgarisation expliquant quelques-uns des principaux problèmes de l'EFSA, l'agence chargée de délivrer des recommandations scientifiques en matière de sécurité alimentaire aux autorités européennes.

Ce film d'animation de trois minutes vous permet d'en apprendre davantage sur le fonctionnement de l'EFSA et dans quelle mesure celui-ci bénéficie à l'industrie agro-alimentaire et à des multinationales des pesticides et des biotech telles que Monsanto, Syngenta, Unilever, Nestlé...

Les experts et les responsables de l'EFSA sont-ils indépendants de l'industrie? Quel rôle l'industrie joue-t-elle dans les tests sanitaires effectués par l'EFSA? L'EFSA n'utilise-t-elle pas d'autres recherches indépendantes sur ces produits?

Le film est publié en anglais et en français. N'hésitez pas à le faire circuler et à l'utiliser dans vos réseaux!

 
A presentation explaining the situation at the European Food Safety Authority and why conflicts of interest scandals keep accumulating there.

According to several EU sources, member states’ diplomats in the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) this morning pre-selected a food industry lobbyist to become a member of the board of the EU Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

EU watchdogs warn member states that they should not appoint food industry lobbyists onto the Board of the EU's Food Safety Authority. Next May 7, member states sitting in the Council of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) will vote to appoint seven members of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
A director of the biggest EU food industry lobby group, FoodDrinkEurope, has found her way into the shortlist of candidates to the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). A current member of EFSA's Board belonged to the public sector when appointed but is now director of the national food industry association in Denmark, re-applying to EFSA's Board. Two other current members of the Board, also re-applying for the position, have strong ties to the agro-food industry. Member States have the final word on these appointments and must act to protect the agency's independence.
The new European Parliament is only weeks old and already three ex-MEPs from perhaps its most important committee have taken a spin in the revolving door to join the private sector. It's clear that the code of conduct for MEPs needs urgent reform.
CEO submission to the European Ombudsman Consultation on the composition of Commission expert groups
Scientific advice should be transparent, objective and independent, and there should be more science and more diverse expertise available to the European Commission’s President, a coalition of 28 international and national NGOs wrote in a letter addressed to President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker today (1).
A few observations on the debate sparked by our open letter on the position of Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the European Commission, and on the need for proper scientific advice to EU legislators.

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