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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!

 

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