Usutu Virus

The Usutu virus (USUV) is a Flavivirus belonging to the Japanese encephalitis antigen complex. USUV was first identified in South Africa in 1959 and was named after a river in Swaziland. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. Wild birds are considered the main host that carries and spreads the virus. There is no risk of the virus spreading via human infection.


Harmful Substances in Palm Oil and Other Vegetable Oils

MCPDs and glycidyl fatty acid esters are formed during the production of vegetable oils. They are found in palm oil, but also in other vegetable oils and fats, as well as in foods containing these oil/fats as ingredients. These substances are cause for health concerns.


Animal Transportation in Austria

The TRACES Austria Report 2016 provides an analysis of the transportation of animals and animal products to and from Austria in 2016.


Latest News: Fipronil in Eggs

Austrian fresh eggs and poultry on sale in retail are free from fipronil. Fipronil was detected in 53 samples. There is no health risk. For questions on Fipronil, AGES has set up an Infoline on Tel: 050 555 555 (0-24 hours).


Announcements by the Federal Offices

Federal Office for Food Safety (BAES)

BASG: Reporting side effects of a medicine

If you suspect side effects or adverse drug reactions, consult your doctor or health care professional for further diagnosis and treatment. You also have the possibility to report suspected side effects of medicines directly to the Federal Office for Health Security (BASG) online.