Published on 18/06/2021Herbicide-tolerant varieties (HTVs) are crop varieties that have been developed to be intentionally tolerant to a specific herbicide. In France, HTVs of sunflower and rapeseed have been growing in popularity since the early 2010s. In a changing regulatory context and in order to address public concerns, the Agency has conducted several studies to assess the farming practices reshaped by the use of HTVs and identify their potential risks for farmers, consumers and the environment. We provide an overview of the challenges that need to be overcome to improve the traceability and monitoring of HTVs in France.
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Updated on 09/04/2021
Keywords : Occupational diseases
When a worker exposed to hazards such as toxic substances contracts a disease while doing their job, this disease may be recognised as an occupational disease and give rise to compensation. To improve access to this recognition, the French government has decided to carry out independent, collective scientific expert appraisals. This preliminary expert appraisal stage has been entrusted to ANSES. How are occupational diseases recognised in France? What do the scientific expert appraisals conducted by ANSES involve? Here are some explanations.
Updated on 31/05/2021
As they disperse in our environment, pesticides can be transformed into one or more other compounds called "metabolites". The active substances of pesticides and their metabolites are therefore liable to contaminate water resources and end up in drinking water (DW). ANSES supports the authorities in managing situations where the regulatory limits are exceeded, in order to guarantee consumer health. It has also designed a method for identifying which pesticide metabolites warrant priority attention, with regard to the health issues associated with drinking water consumption.
Updated on 10/03/2021
Avian influenza is a highly contagious viral infection occurring in wild and domestic birds. Wild bird migration periods and movements have an impact on the level of risk of influenza virus transmission from wildlife to poultry farms. Liable to cause extremely high animal mortality and therefore major economic losses, some avian influenza viruses can be transmitted to humans under certain conditions. Here we present the profile of a highly contagious disease and describe the work of ANSES, a key player in preventing the spread of high-pathogenicity avian influenza viruses.
Updated on 23/04/2021
Antimicrobial resistance is a major international human and animal health issue, because the emergence and spread of drug-resistant strains of bacteria call into question the efficacy of these treatments in humans and animals alike. Preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics is therefore a genuine public health challenge requiring an integrated approach across all types of medicine, according to the "One Health" concept covering both humans and animals. ANSES has mobilised significant resources to address the topic of antibiotic resistance. Through all its research, reference, surveillance and risk assessment activities, the Agency contributes to a greater understanding of the risks associated with antimicrobial resistance related to farming, food and the environment and, therefore, ultimately the risks to human health.
Updated on 12/01/2021
Since 1 January 2010, ANSES-ANMV has accepted electronic submission of applications for marketing authorisation (MA), as well as for modifications, transfers and renewals of MA. This submission method is optional. Paper applications are still accepted.
Published on 06/01/2021
Lyme disease, Zika, chikungunya, dengue... Recent years have seen a re-emergence of the pathogens responsible for these diseases, which are transmitted by insects and other arthropods. On Thursday 17 December 2020, ANSES is hosting a scientific webinar on the new prospects for controlling these species, known as vectors. The Agency is taking this opportunity to explain exactly what these pathogen vectors are: not only tiger mosquitoes and ticks, but other vectors of diseases specifically affecting animals or plants. What is ANSES doing in the areas of expert appraisal and research to address these health issues? All the answers are in this dossier on the subject.
Updated on 06/01/2021
Some arthropods (a family that includes insects and arachnids) such as ticks and mosquitoes can transmit pathogens that cause diseases in animals, plants and/or humans. Several ANSES laboratories are studying vector-borne diseases transmitted to animals and the ability of vectors to transmit these pathogens.
Updated on 15/01/2021
Terms such as “Use by”, “Use before” and “Best before” are printed on the packaging of food products. But how are they different? What do UBD and DMD mean? What products do they apply to? Can certain foods be safely eaten after their expiration date? What foods and drinks are imperishable? ANSES answers your most frequently asked questions and provides you with some tips to help you avoid making mistakes.
Published on 14/12/2020
Keywords : Horses
Horse health raises specific issues, since these animals are mainly kept for recreation, sport and competition. Monitoring and detection of numerous equine infectious diseases is a mandatory step before they can be allowed to compete and breed. ANSES is the reference laboratory for equine diseases at both national and European level. It is also an international reference laboratory for two diseases affecting horses: dourine and glanders.
Published on 27/11/2020
Antimicrobial resistance is a major public health issue concerning both human and veterinary medicine. Monitoring of sales of veterinary antimicrobials is one of the main sources of information used to assess and manage the risks associated with antimicrobial resistance. These sales have been monitored annually by the Agency since 1999, based on the recommendations of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
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