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Food and nutrition

Food is central to our daily lives. When it is safe and nutritious, it is a powerful ally for our health. However, an imbalanced diet or contaminated food can expose us to immediate risks or chronic diseases. ANSES provides scientific expertise at all stages of the food chain, from the production of foods of animal or plant origin through to the consumer's plate. It assesses the risks associated with the contamination of food by pathogens and toxic substances. It also assesses nutritional quality, and the risks of physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour.

News

Media monitoring as an additional means of identifying plant pests
Un papillon fulgore tacheté, ravageur de végétaux
28/09/2022
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Media monitoring as an additional means of identifying plant pests

In its work to monitor and detect new plant pests, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) regularly analyses the scientific literature, as well as the professional and general media. This monitoring is complementary to other existing surveillance systems. In particular, it enables the detection of very localised damage caused by organisms that are not subject to mandatory reporting.
Wild mushroom season has begun : be vigilant !
14/09/2022

Wild mushroom season has begun : be vigilant !

The arrival of autumn marks the beginning of the wild mushroom picking season. Although wild mushrooms are popular delicacies, some species are nevertheless toxic or even fatal to humans. In 2021, four people died after mistaking a toxic species for an edible species. Whether you are a connoisseur or an occasional picker, you should remain vigilant and comply with good practices to ensure safe consumption.
Learn to distinguish horse chestnuts from sweet chestnuts, to avoid poisoning !
22/08/2022
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Learn to distinguish horse chestnuts from sweet chestnuts, to avoid poisoning !

In this early autumn period, horse chestnuts, which grow and fall from the horse chestnut or conker tree, are frequently confused with sweet chestnuts, which come from the sweet or Spanish chestnut tree.
Reducing dietary exposure to nitrites and nitrates
Réduire l’exposition aux nitrites et aux nitrates dans l’alimentation
12/07/2022
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Reducing dietary exposure to nitrites and nitrates

Every day, we are exposed to nitrites and nitrates through our diet. In light of current knowledge on their effects on human health, ANSES recommends reducing the population's exposure to these substances by taking proactive measures to limit dietary exposure. To that end, ANSES has identified several courses of action, in particular reducing the use of nitrites as additives in delicatessen meat, noting that this should be achieved in a controlled manner in order to avoid any increase in foodborne infections.
A new test to better detect pathogenic E. coli in food
12/07/2022

A new test to better detect pathogenic E. coli in food

Escherichia coli (E. coli ) is a bacterium found in the digestive tract of humans, other mammals and birds. Although the majority of E. coli strains are harmless, some of them can cause serious cases of diarrhoea and even, less often, death. ANSES has developed a faster and more targeted method for detecting pathogenic E. coli in food, in particular in raw milk products.
Monkeypox infection: What is the risk of transmission through food?
05/07/2022
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Monkeypox infection: What is the risk of transmission through food?

In France, there has recently been an increase in the number of people infected with the monkeypox virus, responsible for monkeypox infection, mainly in Europe. The virus may be transmitted through direct contact with someone who is ill, and through respiratory droplets. ANSES was asked to provide an urgent assessment of the risk of transmission of this virus via food.
Adverse effects associated with the consumption of food supplements containing turmeric
29/06/2022

Adverse effects associated with the consumption of food supplements containing turmeric

Turmeric is a plant that is used as a spice and is also found in a wide variety of food supplements on account of its digestive, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Following several reports of hepatitis in Italy and France, ANSES is drawing attention to the risk of adverse effects occurring in association with the consumption of food supplements containing turmeric.
ANSES supports the Université Côte d'Azur in promoting physical activity for health – 31 August to 2 September 2022
31/08/2022

From 31 August to 2 September 2022

ANSES supports the Université Côte d'Azur in promoting physical activity for health – 31 August to 2 September 2022

Public :
Palais de la Méditerranée à Nice
In partnership with ANSES, the Université Côte d'Azur is pleased to invite you to the 17th annual meeting and 11th conference of HEPA Europe. The conference is organised jointly with WHO/Europe, in partnership with the City of Nice and the French Public Health Society (SFSP). This year's HEPA Europe conference will focus on "An ecosystem-based approach to promoting health-enhancing physical activity". The conference themes cover a wide range of issues including policy, active transportation, sport, determinants of physical activity, results for health, sedentary behaviour and many others. The aim of the conference is to engage policy makers, professionals, scientists and other stakeholders, as well as citizens, in the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity. The conference will be an opportunity to target and connect these different groups. The Nice meeting is a unique opportunity to meet with experts and influencers face-to-face; to network, mix and mingle; to learn from leaders in the field and to keep abreast of scientific, practical and policy developments in Europe and beyond. The event includes plenary conferences, concurrent discussion sessions, poster sessions and symposia. It will also include the annual meeting of HEPA Europe and concurrent sessions by most of its working groups. The conference has existed since 2005 and will be held for the first time in France, at the Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice, from 31 August to 2 September 2022.
Raw-milk cheeses: What are the associated health risks and what preventive measures can be taken?
08/04/2022

Raw-milk cheeses: What are the associated health risks and what preventive measures can be taken?

Salmonella, enterohaemorrhagic E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes – a wide range of bacteria can be found in the raw-milk cheeses and other raw-milk dairy products we consume. These are sometimes involved in cases of food poisoning, leading them to be recalled or withdrawn from the market. In order to further improve the control of these risks, ANSES has identified the types of raw-milk cheeses on which efforts should focus as a priority.
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.
How to reduce mercury exposure from fish consumption - Portrait of PhD student Mariana Mendes Ribeiro
18/02/2022

How to reduce mercury exposure from fish consumption - Portrait of PhD student Mariana Mendes Ribeiro

Every year, ANSES organises discussion meetings on ongoing and recently completed research work, in order to encourage interactions between scientific teams. At these meetings, the PhD students hosted at the Agency present their theses. Mariana Mendes Ribeiro won the award for “best oral presentation by an ANSES doctoral student in 2021”, for her 180-second thesis presentation. Discover her background and research work.
ANSES at the 2022 Paris International Agricultural Show
26/02/2022

From 26/02/2022 to 06/03/2022

ANSES at the 2022 Paris International Agricultural Show

Tous les jours de 9h à 19h
Parc des expositions - Porte de Versailles, Paris - Hall 4, Allée B, stand n°118
Public : oui
Porte de Versailles, Paris 15e
Food is one of the pillars of our health. And yet an imbalanced diet or contaminated food can expose us to immediate risks and chronic diseases. As France's leading health agency on this topic, ANSES looks forward to seeing you at the 2022 Paris International Agricultural Show, at its stand dedicated to safe and healthy food. You will have the opportunity to discover how ANSES’s researchers and scientific experts work to protect us from risks ‘from farm to fork’, and help us adopt good daily hygiene and nutrition practices.

Decryption

What is histamine and what can be done to prevent poisoning?
17/08/2022

What is histamine and what can be done to prevent poisoning?

Histamine poisoning is one of the main causes of foodborne illness related to fish consumption. However, this poisoning can be avoided by observing hygiene rules, particularly regarding the cold chain. Here are some explanations.
Ten questions & answers concerning nitrates and nitrites
12/07/2022

Ten questions & answers concerning nitrates and nitrites

What is the difference between nitrates and nitrites? Why are they found in food? Through what foods are we most exposed to these substances? Are we too exposed to them? Is there really such a thing as “nitrite-free” delicatessen meat? You will find all the answers to these questions in this article.
What are the health effects of energy drinks?
30/06/2022

What are the health effects of energy drinks?

What do “energy drinks” contain? What health effects can they have? How can you avoid these effects? ANSES answers your questions.
Why and how should you eat fish?
30/06/2022

Why and how should you eat fish?

Fish and fishery products have valuable nutritional qualities that make them particularly beneficial foods, in particular to meet our needs for omega-3 fatty acids. Even so, they can accumulate chemical contaminants by filtering seawater and feeding on other fish. Here are some tips to help you make the most of their nutritional benefits without taking any risks.
Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) infection and how you can prevent it
20/06/2022

Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) infection and how you can prevent it

Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacterium found naturally in the digestive microflora of humans and warm-blooded animals. While most Escherichia coli strains are safe for humans, certain strains such as enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) cause potentially severe infections, primarily in young children and the elderly.
Listeriosis and how you can prevent it
20/06/2022

Listeriosis and how you can prevent it

Listeriosis is a foodborne infection caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes . Cases of listeriosis are rare in France but when they occur, they are severe. What foods are involved? What are the health impacts? Are certain population groups at greater risk? You will find the answers to these questions in this article.
Salmonellosis and how you can prevent it
22/03/2022

Salmonellosis and how you can prevent it

Infections by Salmonella bacteria are the second most common cause of foodborne illnesses in Europe. Salmonella infections cause occasionally acute gastroenteritis, but can be more severe in certain susceptible populations. This article provides an overview of the disease and the ways to prevent it.
Pesticides in drinking water: how does ANSES contribute to protecting consumer health?
02/03/2022

Pesticides in drinking water: how does ANSES contribute to protecting consumer health?

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.
Vitamin D: why do I need an adequate intake and how can I make sure I get it ?
02/03/2022

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? What are the health risks in the event of vitamin D deficiency? Is the consumption of food supplements the answer to preventing deficiency? Do some population groups need more vitamin D than others? Is there a risk in the event of excess intake? ANSES answers all your questions.
Omega-3 fatty acids
02/03/2022

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of essential fatty acids. They include essential fatty acids that are: necessary for the development and proper functioning of the human body, but that cannotunable to be manufactured by our bodies, and conditionally essential fatty acids, i.e. those necessary for the development and proper functioning of the human body but that can. They can nevertheless be manufactured from their precursor if itthis has been provided by food. Find out about the role of these fatty acids and the foods that contain them.
Fats
02/03/2022

Fats

Fats, oils, lipids, fatty acids, triglycerides, cholesterol -it can be difficult to find your way through all these terms. Discover the meaning of these terms, the role of fats in the body, food sources of fats and ANSES’s recommendations.
COVID-19 research
02/08/2021

COVID-19 research

Working 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. As an example, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, ANSES has been deploying its research teams, its expert knowledge of zoonoses and animal coronaviruses, and its network of laboratories to improve our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 and respond to questions that have arisen from this crisis. Here is an overview of the various projects undertaken by the Agency.

Publications

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Assessment of the physical and chemical risks in foods
Date de mise en ligne
11/08/2022
Numéro de saisine
2020-SA-0106
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Assessment of the physical and chemical risks in foods
Date de mise en ligne
24/01/2022
Numéro de saisine
2020-SA-0020
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Assessment of the physical and chemical risks in foods
Date de mise en ligne
24/01/2022
Numéro de saisine
2020-SA-0083
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Assessment of the physical and chemical risks in foods
Date de mise en ligne
09/12/2021
Numéro de saisine
2016-SA-0226