First application of ANSES's methodology for assessing the risks of nanomaterials in food
Conventional methodologies are not always suitable for assessing the potential health risks to consumers of nanomaterials used in food. In 2021, ANSES therefore proposed a "nanospecific" risk assessment methodology, which it has just tested on the food additive E171, or titanium dioxide (TiO2), which is the most widely studied nanomaterial. Its use in food has been prohibited in Europe since August 2022. This practical application has shown both the method's validity and the extent of the lack of data for conducting an adequate risk assessment of nanomaterials in food.
Tracking the global spread of antimicrobial resistance
An international research team has provided valuable new information about what drives the global spread of genes responsible for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria. The collaborative study, led by researchers at the Quadram Institute and University of East Anglia, brought together experts from France, Canada, Germany and the UK and will provide new information to combat the global challenge of AMR.
Research to understand the effects of glyphosate on trout
Based on experiments conducted with several generations of fish, an ANSES team explored the effects of glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides on the health of rainbow trout. This research showed that whether used pure or in herbicides, glyphosate could have effects on multiple generations of this species.
Chlordecone in the French Caribbean: there are effective ways to reduce dietary exposure
ANSES undertook a new expert appraisal on the risks associated with exposure to chlordecone in the French Caribbean population. It confirmed that these risks can be significantly reduced by complying with all of the Agency's recommendations on the consumption of certain foods acquired via informal channels. Moreover, to avoid the contamination of home-produced eggs in particular, the Agency recommends stepping up membership in the JAFA family garden programme.
CheniPRO: a study to assess occupational exposure to caterpillars with stinging hairs
What are the consequences of caterpillars with stinging hairs for the health of professionals working in woods, forests or green spaces? What occupations and regions are the most exposed? To answer these questions, ANSES and the Central Fund for the Agricultural Mutual Insurance Scheme (MSA) are jointly launching a nation-wide study called CheniPRO.
Ruminant fat, gelatine and collagen: precautions required when including them in the feed of farm animals
In Europe, the sharp decrease in cases of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) has led to an easing of the restrictions on the use of products of animal origin in the feed of food-producing species. In the expert appraisal it recently published, ANSES concluded that ruminant fat, gelatine and collagen should only be used in certain conditions, in order to guarantee the absence of any risk of transmitting TSEs.
Plastics are not compatible with domestic composting
More than one in three French people recycle their waste in garden or community composters. In addition to putting vegetable peels and scraps in them, some people add plastic waste, in particular “biodegradable” or “compostable” single-use plastic bags. And yet the total degradation of such plastics is not guaranteed in these composters, which means that use of the resulting compost can pose a risk to humans and the environment. ANSES therefore recommends not placing any plastics in garden composters.
Antimicrobial resistance in animal health: 2022 review
To mark World Antibiotic Awareness Week, ANSES is presenting its annual reports on sales of veterinary medicinal products and on the level of resistance of pathogenic bacteria in animals. It is also providing an update on its monitoring of resistance in bacteria that can contaminate humans via food of animal origin, conducted as part of monitoring plans that have been harmonised at European level.
Radiofrequencies and health: research in a fast-moving environment
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Applications of radiofrequency communication technologies have developed considerably over the last 20 years and now include the mobile web, contactless authentication, connected objects, and more. In a context where uses of these technologies, the conditions of exposure and the frequencies used are rapidly changing, and given the disorders and symptoms that have been attributed to them, the research community continues to be highly active in this area, regularly producing new knowledge on the human health effects of radio waves.