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Non-animal alternatives for acute systemic toxicity testing Non-animal alternatives for acute systemic toxicity testing
©EU, 2017
Aug 04 2017

The JRC participated along with other international experts in the review of current approaches for acute systemic toxicity testing.

To facilitate the use of alternative methods and their regulatory acceptance it is important to keep the momentum for data curation and sharing, education and training for users and regulators, and international harmonisation of testing requirements.   

Organic or not organic: long term field study on carrots
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Jul 28 2017

JRC scientists carried out a multi-annual study based on comparative metabolomics combined with chemometry applied on carrots coming from different agronomic environments.  The results highlight the potential of metabolomics fingerprinting for organic food authentication purposes.

Maize in several important south-eastern European production regions is negatively affected by heat waves and scarce precipitation.
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Jul 25 2017

The July issue of the JRC MARS crop monitoring Bulletin for Europe was published yesterday, alongside one of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series: on Kazakhstan.

According to the crop monitoring Bulletin for Europe, heat waves and low precipitation hampered winter and summer crop development in various parts of Europe. Heat waves particularly impacted summer crops in southern Europe.

Jul 21 2017

CONCORDI 2017, a key networking and thought-leadership event on corporate R&D and innovation, has just opened its registration. The biennial European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation proposes a 3 days programme networking with researchers from nearly 30 universities and technological institutes from across the world: Europe, North and South America. 

New and better Euromarker for labelling of gas oil and kerosene
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Jul 18 2017

The JRC proposes a new 'Euromarker' substance to mark gas oil and kerosene for lower tax rate use in support to the Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General, DG TAXUD.

This work was triggered by technical problems related to the current Euromarker substance applied since 2001 since this substance can be easily removed leading to potential frauds.

The future of food
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Jul 12 2017

Outcome of Symposium organised by the EC-JRC together with the Trio Presidency of Malta, Slovakia and the Netherlands on 27 June 2017 in Brussels.

Silica nanoparticles
©EU, 2017
Jul 24 2017

JRC scientists demonstrated the effect of silica nanoparticle agglomeration on the level and mechanism of their uptake by cells, i.e. agglomerated particles accumulated more in cells than non-agglomerated ones and presented a modified mechanism of cellular internalisation.

Silica nanoparticles (NPs) are increasingly present in variety of consumer products including cosmetics and food supplements.

They are in development for diverse medical applications such as drug delivery systems, tissue engineering and biosensors.

Red salmon
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Jul 19 2017

The JRC released a new certified reference material for arsenobetaine. The material supports laboratories in implementing Commission Recommendation 2015/1381 on the monitoring of arsenic in food.

Arsenic is a metalloid which is released in the environment from natural and anthropogenic sources.

The toxicity of the element strongly depends on its form: inorganic arsenic is highly toxic (as attested by its popularity in classic crime stories) and the tragic and still ongoing pollution of wells and subsequently food in Bangladesh has received ample coverage in the media.

Jul 07 2017

JRC scientists investigated the in vitro response of cells to nanoparticulate silver.

The study showed how a commonly used assay for detecting pro-inflammatory response can be falsified by the presence of the metallic silver itself.  

Silver nanoparticles (Ag NP) are amongst the most commonly used nanomaterials (NMs) in consumer products and much research has been focused on elucidating their potential impact on human health.

The potential of Ag NPs to induce cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, or proinflammatory responses was investigated in many in vitro cell studies.

Countries of citizenship for the 35,935 unaccompanied children that applied for asylum in 2016 in Germany, and their distribution in three age groups Countries of citizenship for the 35,935 unaccompanied children that applied for asylum in 2016 in Germany, and their distribution in three age groups
©European Union, 2017
Jun 30 2017

The European Commission's Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) has expanded the datasets within its Dynamic Data Hub to include children in migration.