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  • May 13 2015

    The JRC has released a new report on its scientific support to EU's "from farm to fork" policy which ensures Europeans enjoy safe and nutritious food, while facilitating the food industry to work under the best possible conditions.

  • Apr 18 2014

    The JRC released a guidance document for the monitoring of marine litter in European seas. It provides the Member States with recommendations and information in order to support establishing monitoring programmes, a milestone in the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Through the Directive, EU Member States committed themselves to the development of strategies to achieve good environmental status of European seas.

  • Dec 12 2013

    On 9 December 2013, the JRC launched FACET, a Flavourings, Additives, and food Contact materials Exposure Tool consisting of a downloadable programme to estimate the EU consumers' exposure to these substances.

  • Nov 25 2013

    JRC scientists contributed to the validation of an innovative rapid test for the simplified detection of certain drugs (antibiotic residues) in honey and mould toxins (mycotoxins) in cereals. Some antibiotics are used as preventive or therapeutic treatment to protect honey producing bees from extremely dangerous bacterial diseases and mycotoxins are toxic compounds that are produced when certain species of mould (fungi) infect crops.

  • Jun 28 2012

    The proceedings of an international workshop on the current state of play regarding research into economic impacts of GMO cultivation worldwide are now available. The report finds that more independent and robust socio-economic studies, both ex ante and ex post on the impacts of GM crops are necessary, in addition to strict science-based safety assessments, to feed a more objective and transparent reflection on GMO cultivation.

  • Dec 01 2011

    A new scientific publication "How to reliably test for GMOs", co–authored by JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) and the Slovenia’s National Institute of Biology (NIB), provides an overview of the current legislation and latest methods for testing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The 100 page guide is addressed to professionals and practitioners within national authorities and testing laboratories worldwide. It was published by Springer.

  • Jul 29 2011

    The JRC has developed three new methods to detect an illegal clouding agent which can be found in sports drinks imported from Taiwan.

  • Jun 22 2011

    Starting from 1st July 2011, the safety testing of polyamide and melamine plastic kitchenware imported from China and Hong Kong will be carried out according to technical guidelines laid down by the JRC. The guidelines are integrated into an official legal guidance document, published by the European Commission on Tuesday 21 June. It accompanies the EU Regulation No 284/2011 on procedures for the import of plastic kitchenware from China and Hong Kong, prior to its placement on the EU market.

  • Feb 07 2011

    Scientists at the JRC-IRMM have developed a method for detecting nine different sweeteners in drinks and canned and bottled fruits. A single test will tell which of the nine sweeteners have been used and in what dosage.

  • Jan 18 2011

    Scientists of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) contributed to the development of methods that can identify genuine monastic beers produced by Trappist monks. The method used in a recent study is able to distinguish genuine Trappist beers from other beers, including so-called "Abbey beers", which are mass-produced commercial products. Each beer or wine has a specific chemical profile or "fingerprint", which can be traced with so-called liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry.