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More conflicts of interest criticism for EFSA in new report

Feb 21 2012

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is facing yet more criticism over alleged conflicts of interest and over reliance on industry data and experts in deciding key food safety issues.

In a report “Conflicts on the menu – a decade of industry influence at the European Food Safety Authority” published on 14 February, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and Earth Open Source set out a long list of complaints about the way EFSA carries out its assessments. The report comes as EFSA, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is under scrutiny from the European Court of Auditors, MEPs, and is undergoing an official evaluation by the European Commission.

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