In 2011, campaign partner Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN-E) started a complaint to the EU Ombudsman on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Working Group on the threshold of toxicological concern (TTC), a statistical approach for risk assessment substituting safety testing.

PAN Europe concluded that EFSA failed to protect the interest of the public and promoted the interests of industry as 10 out of 13 members had been involved in promoting TTC in the past with many links to industry.

The EU Ombudsman concluded that this was a case of maladministration. EFSA failed to start a thorough investigation after the publication of the report by PAN Europe as well as failing to reply to PAN Europe at all. EFSA only presented its views after the opening of the inquiry of the Ombudsman, but still then it did not address the issues in a thorough and specific manner and limited itself to some general observations.

Read more about PAN's complaint and a second allegation here