Food in Europe – a new general principle on food safety?

K J Garnett "…. one of the key challenges as a legislator is to know how to make laws and regulate in the face of emerging technologies in situations where science appears to be questioned by either deeply-rooted conservative groups, societal opposition or for any other reason." Arūnas Vinčiūnas, Head of Cabinet to Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis …

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Expert scientific advice – a growing chasm between European voters and the decision-makers?

In the same week that Dr Ann Glover, former Chief Scientific Adviser to Barosso, made a splash in the media by spilling the beans on her time working in Brussels the European Ombudsman released a report calling for a root and branch reform of the EU’s approach to expert scientific committees, which calls for greater …

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TTIP, Regulatory Convergence and Food: Relying on gut instinct to protect our guts

"…treatment with trisodium phosphate, acidified sodium chlorite, chlorine dioxide, or peroxyacid solutions . . . should be of no safety concern." Expert scientific opinion, European Food and Safety Agency. The EFSA may or may not be right to propose that chlorinated chickens are safe to consume but in this piece it is argued that home sapiens are, …

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Fracking: Fire

EU Perspectives has already considered three of the four Greek elements: earth, water and air. Should commercial fracking become common-place in the EU it will have the greatest environmental impact on these three elements.   The fourth in this series “Fire” is going to look at the other side of the coin – the geopolitical implications …

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Fracking: Air

The European Union has consistently pushed for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This policy is driven mostly through regulation but also through research into areas such as carbon storage and renewables. Where then does hydraulic fracking fit into this? Will the commercialisation of hydraulic fracking within the EU reduce green house gas emissions, increase …

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