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EFSA updates food data for assessments

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has updated its food consumption database, which is used in exposure assessments for a range of products, including agrochemicals and genetically modified crops. Additional data broaden the coverage of younger population groups, resulting in a database that now includes individual dietary records from nearly 100,000 people in 23 EU member states. The Authority has also updated its harmonised food classification and description system, called FoodEx2, which enables more precise reporting of consumption patterns. The improvements will help national regulators to provide comparable scientific data for use in risk assessments, the EFSA says. It has embarked on a programme to increase public access to its food safety data. The Authority is also considering expanding the range of foods tested for pesticide residues in the EU monitoring programme, to better reflect changing food consumption patterns.

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