The Chair of the European Food and Safety Agency, Diána Bánáti, resigned on the 9 May 2012, upon request from the European food Satefy Agency (EFSA) and under pressure from the European Parliament not to discharge the EFSA 2010 accounts.
This comes after a few years of debates and controversies since Ms Banati works with/ or is allegedly a member of the International Life Science Institute (ILSI)  - which presents a clear conflict of interest with her role as Chair of the EFSA Management Board.
Ms Bánáti explained that she has decided to take up a position at ILSI. Transparency watchdogs considere this move as unacceptable as there is no cooling off period in between the two positions.
In addition, on 27 March 2012, the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee voted to postpone the discharge of EFSA’s 2010 budget for three main reasons:
The final decision on the discharge of EFSA’s 2012 budget will be taken by the European Parliament during its May 2012 plenary session
The European Food Safety Agency is an EU agency which role is to assess and communicate on all risks associated with the food chain. EFSA has been established to support policy makers to make decisions and respond to specific requests for scientific advice from the European Commission, the European Parliament and EU Member States.
 ILSI Board of Trustees being composed among others of Nestle, Kraft, Danone, Sanofis, Coca-Cola, Monsanto, PepsiCo and Kellogg’s