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Cell culture on plate Cell culture on plate
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Feb 23 2017

New publication summarises the outcome of a workshop organised by the European Partnership of Alternatives to Animal Testing (EPAA) on the use of stem cell-derived in vitro test systems in toxicology.

Kids eating The report translates school food standards into adequate procurement contract language, which should help school procurers when procuring healthy school food.
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Feb 22 2017

Healthy food in schools: European Commission and Maltese Presidency present valuable new resource for public procurement authorities in Member States

Beans variety in jars
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Feb 22 2017

The JRC, in the context of the European GMOval project, coordinated three inter-laboratory studies for the validation of qualitative methods suitable for screening for the presence of GMOs. The results are presented together with the acceptance parameters used during the in-house validation, the method transferability study and the inter-laboratory validation.

Tap in desert The drought in Somalia and neighbouring countries is already producing severe water and pasture shortages in pastoral regions.
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Feb 21 2017

A failed 2016 rainy season linked to the climate phenomenon La Niña, combined with exceptionally warm sea surface temperatures in the western Pacific and eastern Indian Oceans, have led to extreme drought in the Horn of Africa and a more intense drought than that of 2010 in Somalia. These extreme weather conditions, combined with factors including high food prices, trade disruption, population displacement and insecurity, are likely to have a very severe impact on the food security of millions of people in the coming months.

Poultry farm New standards on resources and emissions will help national authorities across the EU to lower the environmental impact of around 20 000 large poultry and pig farms.
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Feb 21 2017

New standards on resources and emissions will help national authorities across the EU to lower the environmental impact of around 20 000 large poultry and pig farms. The new specifications stem from the review of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document for the intensive rearing of poultry and pigs (IRPP), the so-called IRPP BREF, whose conclusions were published on 21 February 2017 in the Official Journal of the EU.

The impact of superficially porous particles and new stationary phase chemistries on the LC-MS determination of mycotoxins in food and feed
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Feb 21 2017

The JRC investigated how new liquid chromatography column technology has impacted the analysis of mycotoxins in food and feed. This work constitutes part of the JRC-hosted European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Mycotoxins and aims to support the work of the EU National Reference Laboratories.

The JRC report stresses the need for better awareness and coordination between existing knowledge sources on Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal testing, for their greater impact. The JRC report stresses the need for better awareness and coordination between existing knowledge sources on Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal testing, for their greater impact.
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Feb 20 2017

The JRC has carried out a study of available knowledge on the replacement, reduction and refinement (the 3Rs) of animal procedures used in research and testing to understand how supply of such knowledge can better meet demand. Findings show that although much 3Rs knowledge exists, its sharing can be improved through better coordination, communication and outreach, and by more emphasis on targeted education and training initiatives.

Despite cold conditions in central and eastern Europe, protective snow cover has helped limit frost-kill damage to winter cereals in many areas.
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Feb 20 2017

According to the February issue of the JRC MARS crop monitoring bulletin for Europe, this winter is finishing with no major constraints to winter crops. 

Method for the simultaneous determination of esterified  3- and 2-monochloropropanediol and glycidyl fatty acid esters in food Method for the simultaneous determination of esterified 3- and 2-monochloropropanediol and glycidyl fatty acid esters in food
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Feb 20 2017

JRC scientists have developed a suitable analytical method for the simultaneous determination of the process contaminants monochloropropanediol esters (MCPDEs) and glycidol esters (GEs) to be applied to a variety of food samples, including bread and rolls, fine bakery wares, smoked fish, fried and roasted meat, potato based snacks and fried potato products, cereal-based snacks and margarines.

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Feb 17 2017

The JRC  released a new seawater reference material certified for its mercury concentration. This certified reference material (CRM) was produced in support of the Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC) and will make the quality assessment of coastal waters more reliable.

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