Launch of the European research and innovation PARC programme to improve chemical risk assessment

Launch of the European research and innovation PARC programme to improve chemical risk assessment

The tiger mosquito

The tiger mosquito

Native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, the tiger mosquito ( Aedes albopictus ) has adapted to many different environments, particularly urban ones, colonising a vast array of containers (...
Vitamin D: why do I need an adequate intake and how can I make sure I get it ?

Vitamin D: why do I need an adequate intake and how can I make sure I get it ?

Vitamin D plays a key role in maintaining bone and muscle tissue and boosting our immune system. However, most French people do not get enough. What foods should I eat to ensure an adequate intake?...
Avian influenza in six questions

Avian influenza in six questions

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...

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Three questions for Philippe Reignault, Director of Plant Health and Director of the Plant Health Laboratory at ANSES
22/02/2020
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Three questions for Philippe Reignault, Director of Plant Health and Director of the Plant Health Laboratory at ANSES

The health of plants is increasingly threatened. What issues need to be addressed to better protect them? "Pests, especially plant pests, are one of the major contributors to the loss of production and biodiversity worldwide. Diseases and pests are emerging or re-emerging with greater frequency, affecting plant health and by extension the environment, our food and our health. Tackling these threats is costly, and if we add this to the resulting production losses, it translates into several billion euros invested or lost each year worldwide. To preserve crops and the diversity of species unique to each ecosystem, it is vital to avoid the introduction or establishment of these organisms in new areas, especially since it is often very difficult to eradicate them once they have become established. Anticipating and reducing these risks also means we can avoid or limit the use of plant protection products. It is therefore essential to take effective precautions to avoid major consequences, and even health emergencies." What action is ANSES – in particular its Plant Health Laboratory – taking to address these issues? "At ANSES, plant health mobilises highly specialised scientific expertise to support the public authorities in their prevention and control measures, both nationally and internationally. With more than 40 years of experience in the field, the ANSES Plant Health Laboratory brings together 90 employees, in particular scientists with sought-after skills in mycology, entomology, virology, etc. The Laboratory has six sites in metropolitan France and the overseas territories. It has cutting-edge technologies and unique systems, such as the quarantine system, which means it can confine and study plants brought into the country for research or varietal selection purposes. It is the National Reference Laboratory for all plant pests (bacteria, viruses, fungi and oomycetes, nematodes, invasive plants and insects) and for many of them is also the European Union Reference Laboratory. As such, it plays a major role in hazard detection and risk assessment in plant health. The ANSES Lyon Laboratory also studies phenomena of resistance to plant protection products and is involved in outbreak surveillance." What are the challenges to be met in order to continue to support control measures? "Faced with increasingly diverse and globalised threats and emerging phenomena, we need to be particularly vigilant and responsive to ensure that advances in science keep pace with these changes. This means generating ever more comprehensive scientific knowledge and developing more powerful analytical methods to rapidly detect and identify pathogens and pests. The aim is to strengthen surveillance and response capabilities when alerts occur. A new European regulatory framework on plant health has recently been adopted, which involves proposing appropriate measures in terms of plant imports, for example. The challenge is to go ever further and faster in our work thanks to technological progress, such as in genome sequencing, for example. We must also give ourselves the means – and we are working to do so – to act with greater synergy at European and international level by mobilising the entire scientific community and pooling our efforts."
Recognising the carcinogenic nature of work involving exposure to welding fumes
14/04/2022
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Recognising the carcinogenic nature of work involving exposure to welding fumes

In France, more than 528,000 employees are potentially exposed to welding fumes. According to the latest available data, inhaling these fumes containing metal particles can cause lung and throat cancer. Following its expert appraisal, ANSES thus recommends including work involving exposure to welding fumes and metal fumes from related processes in the Order listing carcinogenic substances, mixtures and processes as defined in the French Labour Code.
Beware of ticks in forests or gardens
03/05/2022
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Beware of ticks in forests or gardens

Especially active in the spring and autumn, ticks are the main vectors of pathogens responsible for infectious diseases in Europe. In particular, they transmit the bacterium that causes Lyme disease in humans. Bites can occur in woods and forests, but also in gardens.
Beware of confusion between autumn crocus and wild garlic
05/03/2022

Beware of confusion between autumn crocus and wild garlic

When out foraging, people sometimes confuse toxic wild plants with edible ones. Mistaking autumn crocus for wild garlic can cause serious or even fatal poisoning. Follow our advice to ensure safe picking.
A new process for monitoring adverse reactions to veterinary medicines
04/05/2022
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A new process for monitoring adverse reactions to veterinary medicines

A new EU-wide pharmacovigilance scheme has been launched with the new EU Regulation on veterinary medicinal products. It aims to manage the adverse effects of veterinary medicines and applies to all medicines authorised in at least one European Union country. We put three questions on this new process to Sylviane Laurentie, deputy director of the French Agency for Veterinary Medicinal Products, responsible for inspection, surveillance and pharmacovigilance.
ANSES and the French Presidency of the EU Council
31/01/2022
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ANSES and the French Presidency of the EU Council

As part of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union (FPEU ), ANSES will be organising and taking part in several events involving counterpart agencies and scientific and institutional partners. Discover some of the highlights planned for the first half of 2022, covering a wide range of topics including veterinary medicinal products, food and chemicals.

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01/03/2022
Environmental health

ANSES and ACTA renew their partnership

ANSES and ACTA, the association of French agricultural technical institutes, have just renewed their framework partnership agreement at the Paris International Agricultural Show. This allows them to continue their commitment to address the challenges facing agriculture, food and the environment.
28/02/2022
Animal health and welfare

Using artificial intelligence to improve food safety: ANSES and the CNAM create Metabiot, a dedicated research unit

ANSES and the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) have created Metabiot, a contracted research unit dedicated to the processing of massive data on the safety of foods of animal origin. This new jointly supervised entity will conduct research into diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, and will focus in particular on bacteria that pose risks to human health, throughout the production chain, on farms and in the food processing industry.
21/01/2022

The CNDP and ANSES forge a partnership to better inform and involve the public

As part of their respective commitments at the service of high-quality public debate on environmental issues, the National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP) and the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) are entering into a partnership to improve the information provided to the public and support civic participation.

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