8 June 2023 | Muriel Cozier

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In today's Daily Digest, the first major global summit on AI safety, a funding announcement from the UK Space Agency, and more.


The European Food Safety Authority has opened a consultation on health risks associated with polybrominated diphenyl ethers in food. PBDE is a flame retardant and is mainly found in food of animal origin. It has been concluded that the compound may have an adverse effect on the reproductive and nervous system. Anyone wanting to comment as part of the consultation has until 20 July to do so.


The US government has released its US National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap, which is focused on accelerating the production, processing, delivery, storage and use of hydrogen.


The UK government has said that it is to host the first major global summit on AI safety. The summit will be held this autumn and will consider the risks of AI and discuss how they can be mitigated through international action.

The UK Space Agency has used the Space Comm-Expo, being held in the UK to announce that it is providing £6.6 million in funding for a range of international science partnerships and STEM education projects. The Science and Exploration Bilateral Programme is designed to support science collaboration with international institutions that will progress space research and problem solving around the world.

A cross party parliamentary inquiry has begun on the impact of the UK government’s post-Brexit trade policy on food producers, consumers and businesses in the UK. The inquiry will consider several areas including the role trade policy should play in improving standards for food, animal welfare and environmental protection.

An ECHA workshop has looked at new methodologies for replacing animal testing in the hazard assessment of industrial chemicals, whilst ensuring a high level of protection for human health and the environment. The workshop was attended by more than 500 people.

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