Published on 07/07/2020Positioned at the interface between human and animal health, in the spirit of “One Health”, ANSES's laboratories help provide effective, rapid responses to issues of applied research that can be implemented immediately. Thus, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, ANSES has been calling on its research teams, its expert knowledge of zoonoses and animal coronaviruses and its network of laboratories to improve knowledge related to SARS-CoV-2 and respond to questions that have arisen from this crisis. Discover the various projects undertaken by the Agency.
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Published on 19/06/2020
Keywords : Nanomaterials
Nanomaterials are increasingly being used in many everyday products, including foods, cosmetics, medications, etc. Their presence raises multiple questions about the risks they may pose to human health and to the environment. Below is a detailed review of ANSES's work on nanomaterials.
Updated on 27/04/2020
Since the beginning of the pandemic, ANSES has been making its expertise available to public decision-makers for the prevention of COVID-19-related health risks. The Agency has also been offering its expertise in its specific areas of competence – food and nutrition, animal health, occupational health, etc. – to provide the public with useful guidelines on how to organise daily life and protect health during this period. This page lists all the work carried out by the Agency and provides an overview of its organisation at this unprecedented time.
Updated on 08/01/2020
The large plume of smoke produced by the fire at the Lubrizol plant in Rouen, France on 26 September affected several French départements. The authorities rapidly commissioned measurements and sampling in order to assess the impact of any hazardous substances that may have been emitted. This context led to ANSES being asked to assess the potential food risks associated with the deposition on the ground. The first step involved ensuring that the initial surveillance and sampling measures taken were adequate with regard to agricultural and food production. To supplement the emergency strategy implemented, a request was also made jointly to ANSES and INERIS, with a view to identifying the main substances liable to have health effects through the different routes of exposure. ANSES's contribution complemented the work of INERIS, the reference body for industrial risks, which drew up a list of substances that may have been released into the environment during this industrial accident, and of the areas that have been exposed to these substances.
Published on 30/04/2019
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is used in many industrial and commercial applications (food additives, cosmetics, pigments) and comes in different forms, both micro- and nanometric. ANSES is conducting work to assess the risks associated with the different routes of exposure to TiO2, by ingestion and inhalation. Below is an update on the Agency’s various activities in this domain.
Published on 11/04/2019
Consumption of food supplements, which provide a concentration of nutrients or other substances, has become increasingly common in France. These products are used for slimming, relieving stress, boosting energy or for athletes. While they are often perceived as harmless, in some cases they can expose the consumer to health risks. What work is ANSES doing on food supplements and what are its recommendations?
Published on 01/04/2019
Updated on 03/08/2018
Under the national nutrivigilance scheme, reports of adverse effects likely to be associated with the consumption of food supplements containing melatonin have been brought to the attention of ANSES. A retrospective analysis of these reports, combined with the considerable level of consumption of this type of supplement, led ANSES to conduct an assessment of the potential health risks. In its Opinion of February 2018, the Agency highlighted the existence of populations and situations at risk, for which the consumption of melatonin in the form of a food supplement should be avoided or medical advice should be sought. This mainly concerns pregnant and breastfeeding women, children and adolescents, people suffering from inflammatory or autoimmune diseases, people with epilepsy, asthma, or suffering from mood, behaviour or personality disorders, as well as anyone being treated with medication. People carrying out any activity requiring sustained vigilance where drowsiness could pose a safety problem should also avoid its consumption.
Updated on 22/02/2018
Glucose, galactose, fructose, sucrose, lactose, maltose… these are all types of what is commonly called sugar. Given the health effects that can be caused by excessive sugar consumption, ANSES recommends not consuming more than 100 g of sugar per day (excluding lactose and galactose) and not more than one sweetened beverage.
Updated on 03/01/2018
Physical activity is often considered to only cover the practice of sport, whereas it actually encompasses all forms of daily physical activity using muscle function and energy metabolism, whether work or leisure related. Sedentarity is a situation of wakefulness characterised by low energy expenditure in a sitting or recumbent position. The Agency has been working to develop nutritional guidelines in the framework of the National Health and Nutrition Programme, incorporating recommendations on physical activity and sedentarity, as well as on food. The favourable effects of physical activity and reducing sedentary time in the prevention of many chronic diseases have now been widely demonstrated. The Agency therefore recommends reducing sedentary behaviour and engaging in physical activity, in all contexts of life and at all ages.
Published on 08/12/2017
Cases of neonatal hypercalcaemia and congenital hypothyroidism involving food supplements for pregnant women have been reported to ANSES, under its national nutrivigilance scheme. These reports led the Agency to assess the risks associated with the consumption of food supplements containing vitamin D or iodine, intended for pregnant women. Having completed its expert appraisal, the Agency warns consumers against combining multiple sources of vitamins and minerals, in the absence of an identified need. It especially wishes to alert healthcare professionals of the importance of not combining sources of vitamins and minerals without regular biological monitoring. The Agency also reminds pregnant women that they should not consume food supplements without first seeking the advice of a healthcare professional.
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