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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!


Monsanto and the pesticide industry breathed a collective sigh of relief on 12 November 2015. The findings of an investigation into the toxicity of glyphosate by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and EU Member States were in stark contradiction to the March 2015 conclusion by the International Agency for Research against Cancer (IARC), a body of the World Health Organization (WHO), that this agricultural herbicide was probably causing cancer to humans. If validated, this conclusion could cause a partial ban of glyphosate in the EU.

Open letter to Commissioner Andriukaitis on glyphosate

Heard by the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Bernhard Url, EFSA's director, said that the EU had "enough scientific capability around [...] without a chief scientific adviser".
An analysis of the revised independence policy of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). More reworded than revised, actually.

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An overview of CEO's activities in Paris

A new guide to lobbying and greenwashing around the UN climate talks

'Lobby Planet Paris'' maps the big corporations, lobby groups and trade associations that are trying hard to capture the climate talks

Capturing COP21 - Corporate influence and the UN climate summit in Paris

The corporate lobby tour

Stop the Crop

Alternative Trade Mandate