Reducing dietary exposure to nitrites and nitrates

Reducing dietary exposure to nitrites and nitrates

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A new test to better detect pathogenic E. coli in food
12/07/2022

A new test to better detect pathogenic E. coli in food

Escherichia coli (E. coli ) is a bacterium found in the digestive tract of humans, other mammals and birds. Although the majority of E. coli strains are harmless, some of them can cause serious cases of diarrhoea and even, less often, death. ANSES has developed a faster and more targeted method for detecting pathogenic E. coli in food, in particular in raw milk products.
Monkeypox infection: What is the risk of transmission through food?
05/07/2022
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Monkeypox infection: What is the risk of transmission through food?

In France, there has recently been an increase in the number of people infected with the monkeypox virus, responsible for monkeypox infection, mainly in Europe. The virus may be transmitted through direct contact with someone who is ill, and through respiratory droplets. ANSES was asked to provide an urgent assessment of the risk of transmission of this virus via food.
Good practices in the use of veterinary medicines for pets
28/07/2022

Good practices in the use of veterinary medicines for pets

Every year, many accidents are reported following the incorrect storage and use of veterinary medicines. In France, over 400 people were victims of this type of accident in 2020. While most reported cases are minor, more serious cases of poisoning can occur, particularly in young children.
Adverse effects associated with the consumption of food supplements containing turmeric
29/06/2022

Adverse effects associated with the consumption of food supplements containing turmeric

Turmeric is a plant that is used as a spice and is also found in a wide variety of food supplements on account of its digestive, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Following several reports of hepatitis in Italy and France, ANSES is drawing attention to the risk of adverse effects occurring in association with the consumption of food supplements containing turmeric.
Improving air quality in underground railway areas
21/06/2022
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Improving air quality in underground railway areas

Millions of people use the metro and other underground transport systems to get around seven large urban areas of France. Improving air quality inside underground railway areas is one of the objectives of the National Environmental Health Action Plan. Having received a request from the public authorities, ANSES confirms the need to continue taking action to limit the exposure of users by reducing concentrations of airborne particulate matter. To that end, the Agency is proposing monitoring indicators to strengthen air quality monitoring in these environments.
Improvements in the regulation of hazardous substances in school supplies
07/07/2022
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Improvements in the regulation of hazardous substances in school supplies

In an expert appraisal published today, ANSES highlights the presence of several classes of hazardous chemicals in supplies – pens, glue, pencils, correction tape, notebooks – used at school, home, and the office. In order to protect the health of consumers, especially that of children, the Agency stresses the need to review the regulations and step up the monitoring of products.
The tiger mosquito

The tiger mosquito

Native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, the tiger mosquito ( Aedes albopictus ) has adapted to many different environments, particularly urban ones, colonising a vast array of containers (...
PFASs: chemicals in the spotlight

PFASs: chemicals in the spotlight

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are used in many everyday products (technical clothing, fire-fighting foam, food packaging, etc.) due to their specific chemical properties. Extremely...
What is histamine and what can be done to prevent poisoning?

What is histamine and what can be done to prevent poisoning?

Histamine poisoning is one of the main causes of foodborne illness related to fish consumption. However, this poisoning can be avoided by observing hygiene rules, particularly regarding the cold...

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25/07/2022

ANSES in action: 2021 Annual Report

ANSES is publishing the annual reports for 2021.

The general report offers an insider’s view of our missions and explains how we work to provide scientific guidance to protect our health and that of animals and plants. 

Three specific reports describe our activities in the areas of plant protection products, biocidal products, and the prevention of conflicts of interest.

21/06/2022
Vie de l'agence

ANSES entrusts Brice Laurent with the creation of a department dedicated to human and social sciences expertise and openness to society

On 2 June 2022, Brice Laurent was given the responsibility of creating a new department for social and economic analyses and openness to society at ANSES. This department, which he will manage, will reinforce the role of human and social sciences in the Agency's expert appraisal and communication practices.
18/05/2022

Bérénice Renard appointed as ANSES's Ethics Officer

Bérénice Renard, recently appointed as ANSES's Director of Legal Affairs, has been appointed as Ethics Officer by decision of the Director General, Roger Genet. She took on this role on 9 May for a three-year period.
16/05/2022
Animal health and welfare

Equine health at the heart of a new joint technology unit

The French Horse and Riding Institute (IFCE) and ANSES have set up a joint technology unit (UMT) to strengthen their shared research on horse health. Its work will focus on three main areas: an equine census and monitoring of mortality, several risks associated with parasites and pathogens in the horse environment, and infectious diseases affecting reproduction.
01/03/2022
Environmental health

ANSES and ACTA renew their partnership

ANSES and ACTA, the association of French agricultural technical institutes, have just renewed their framework partnership agreement at the Paris International Agricultural Show. This allows them to continue their commitment to address the challenges facing agriculture, food and the environment.
28/02/2022
Animal health and welfare

Using artificial intelligence to improve food safety: ANSES and the CNAM create Metabiot, a dedicated research unit

ANSES and the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) have created Metabiot, a contracted research unit dedicated to the processing of massive data on the safety of foods of animal origin. This new jointly supervised entity will conduct research into diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, and will focus in particular on bacteria that pose risks to human health, throughout the production chain, on farms and in the food processing industry.