Mould in food: identifying mutagenic and carcinogenic toxins
The combined use of several different software applications could speed up the acquisition of knowledge on toxins known as mycotoxins, which are produced by certain types of mould growing in food. This innovative approach has been used by ANSES scientists to identify mycotoxins that may be mutagenic and/or carcinogenic.
Menstrual toxic shock: respect the conditions for wearing feminine hygiene products
About twenty cases of menstrual toxic shock syndrome (TSS) are recorded each year in France. Menstrual TSS is linked to the conditions of use of internal sanitary protection products. What are the potential consequences of this syndrome? Who may be affected? And above all, how can TSS be avoided? The answers to your questions are found below.
Establishment of an international Scientific Board for ANSES
ANSES has decided that the renewal of its Scientific Board is an opportunity to give it an international outlook. The new Scientific Board therefore brings together 29 scientists from research and scientific expert appraisal organisations or counterpart agencies in France and abroad, who will be able to share their practices and reinforce those of the Agency. The members appointed by ministerial order for a period of three years, and tasked with ensuring the quality, relevance and coherence of the Agency's scientific work.
ANSES calls for the adoption of a more protective definition for nanomaterials
ANSES believes that the European Commission's new Recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial, published on 10 June 2022, is too restrictive and could lead to a regression in the protection of public health and the environment. The Agency is therefore urging the French authorities to take a more inclusive definition into account and work towards its integration in the revision of sectoral regulations at European level. With this in mind, the Agency has listed all the criteria needed to define nanoscale objects whose possible health effects warrant assessment.
New-generation Linky smart meters: low levels of exposure to waves
Following the provision of new data from the French Scientific and Technical Centre for Building (CSTB) and the French Frequency Agency (ANFR), ANSES has updated the expert appraisal on Linky smart electricity meters it conducted in 2017. The Agency confirms that there is little likelihood of exposure to electromagnetic fields emitted by Linky meters generating health effects in the short or long term.
Emergence in Europe of a virus transmitted to cattle by midges
Epizootic haemorrhagic disease is a viral disease that was first detected in Europe in late 2022. Since then it has affected several cattle herds in Italy and Spain. ANSES helped identify and monitor the spread of the virus, which is transmitted by biting midges.
Patrick Dehaumont appointed Chair of ANSES's Board of Administrators
Patrick Dehaumont, Inspector General of Veterinary Public Health, was appointed Chair of ANSES's Board of Administrators by Presidential Decree dated 11 of may 2023. A veterinary doctor, Patrick Dehaumont has devoted his career to animal and public health, serving as Director General for Food, among other roles.
After more than five years, the One Health European Joint Programme (EJP) will soon be coming to an end. Coordinated by ANSES, it has helped put the "One Health" concept into practice with a view to improving knowledge of zoonotic diseases, food safety, antimicrobial resistance and emerging diseases.
Coronaviruses studied from several angles: animals, food and water
For two years, 20 partners from 13 European countries worked together to study SARS‑CoV‑2 and coronaviruses under the COVRIN project. It aimed to gain a better understanding of the factors behind the emergence and spread of the virus responsible for COVID-19, in order to strengthen preparedness for any new coronavirus. ANSES was closely involved in studying the risks of the virus jumping from animals to humans and the possibility of transmission from the environment.