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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!

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!

 

The official EU assessment of glyphosate was based on unpublished studies owned by industry. Seven months later, the pesticide industry still fights disclosure and, so far, successfully. We obtained a copy of their arguments.

The European Commission proposal on scientific criteria defining endocrine disruptors (EDCs) is the latest dangerous outgrowth of a highly toxic debate. The chemical lobby, supported by certain Commission factions (notably DG SANTE and the Secretary-General) and some member states (UK and Germany), has put significant obstacles in the way of effective public health and environment regulation.

This May is dense on the EU chemicals regulation front. Crunch time for two major files: the European Commission needs to publish the identification criteria for endocrine disrupting chemicals, and together with EU States must decide how, or not, renew the market approval of glyphosate, an herbicide produced and defended by Monsanto. Last week, the Professor Alan Boobis happened to be involved in both.

Demonstrating the problematic symbiosis between corporate interests and EU institutions, the same lobbying consultancies often get hired by both.

A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country's largest corporations, Brazil's “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help finance infrastructure for the 2016 Olympics. The bailout was conditional to selling off the State's public water supply and sanitation company, the Companhia Estadual de Águas e Esgotos (Cedae). 

When we interviewed City Councillor and chair of Rio’s Special Committee on the Water Crisis Renato Cinco, in December 2015, he was already warning against such privatisation threats and provided important background information on the water situation in Rio.

Corporate Europe Observatory's new report 'A spoonful of sugar' illustrates how the sugar lobby undermines existing laws and fights off much-needed measures that are vital for tackling Europe’s looming obesity crisis.

José Manuel Barroso's move to Goldman Sachs has catapulted the EU’s revolving door problem onto the political agenda. It is symbolic of the excessive corporate influence at the highest levels of the EU.

Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth and LobbyControl today wrote to Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, calling on him to investigate Angelika Nieber MEP over a possible conflict of interest.

 
 
 
 
 
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