Corporate Europe Observatory Criticises EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will probably fail, again, to become independent from the food industry. Its motto is “trusted science for safe food”, CEO says.

But year after year the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has been hit by conflicts of interest scandals. Conflict of interests still abound in EFSA’s panels, with nearly half (46%) of current experts on EFSA panels in a financial conflict of interests, according to our assessment.
For four years in a row, the European Parliament has demanded that EFSA becomes independent from the food industry. On 21 June 2017, the agency’s Management Board will vote new independence rules for the agency’s experts. Given the agency’s reluctance to change, we fear that the situation will not really improve, CEO continues.

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