Tag: contaminants

What will Brexit mean for food safety?

What will Brexit mean for food safety?

| July 6, 2016 | 1 Comment

On 23rd June the UK electorate decided, albeit narrowly, that it no longer wants to be part of the EU. To help voters make one of the most important democratic decisions they were ever likely to face, both remain and leave camps served up a selection of suppositions, arrogant and fanciful assertions, misleading statistics, half […]

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EFSA assesses risk from process contaminants in vegetable oils

EFSA assesses risk from process contaminants in vegetable oils

| May 6, 2016

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) expert Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain has published the results of a risk assessment for glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil, other vegetable oils and margarines, and some processed foods. The Panel considered the risks to public health from glycidyl fatty acid esters (GE), 3-monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD) […]

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No safety concerns over pesticide residues in US food

No safety concerns over pesticide residues in US food

| January 21, 2016

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has published data from its Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary for 2014 confirming that overall pesticide residue levels in tested foods do not present a safety concern. During 2014 the USDA tested 10,619 samples of food for pesticide residues, including 8,582 samples of fruit and […]

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WHO report estimates global foodborne disease burden

WHO report estimates global foodborne disease burden

| December 8, 2015

The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a new report containing its first global estimates of the incidence and health burden of foodborne diseases. The report identifies a disproportionate mortality rate in children less than five years of age. The report represents the outcome of a decade of work by an international team of […]

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FDA releases new food safety rules for fresh produce and imported foods

FDA releases new food safety rules for fresh produce and imported foods

| November 17, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has finalised new rules establishing enforceable food safety standards for produce farms and making importers accountable for ensuring that imported foods meet US safety standards. The new rules are a part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernisation Act and are intended to […]

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Paying the price for unsafe food

Paying the price for unsafe food

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Food poisoning outbreaks and contamination scares are never good for business, especially in todays connected world. Take the case of Perrier mineral water for example. In the 1980s it was considered the leading brand, but then in 1990 was hit by a contamination incident when the carcinogenic chemical benzene was found in samples tested by […]

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Some commercial coffees found to contain high mycotoxin levels

Some commercial coffees found to contain high mycotoxin levels

| November 3, 2015

A study carried out at the University of Valencia in Spain has confirmed the presence of mycotoxins in samples of coffee on retail sale in supermarkets around the city. Five samples contained ochratoxin A at concentrations in excess of maximum permitted levels. The researchers used a technique called liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to […]

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Study finds arsenic in US wines

Study finds arsenic in US wines

| October 6, 2015

A newly published study by scientists at the University of Washington has found that almost all US-produced wines tested contained arsenic levels higher than those permitted in drinking water. However, a companion study concluded that estimates of the health risk from dietary arsenic should be based on the whole diet. The researchers tested 65 wine […]

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Simple cooking method lowers arsenic levels in rice

Simple cooking method lowers arsenic levels in rice

| July 28, 2015

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, have discovered a simple technique that effectively reduces the level of potentially carcinogenic inorganic arsenic present in cooked rice. Inorganic arsenic levels in uncooked rice are much higher than in other food commodities as a consequence of how the crop is cultivated in flooded fields. Arsenic contamination has […]

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Global food contamination data published

Global food contamination data published

| July 9, 2015

According to new data released by the Fera (the UK’s reference laboratory for chemicals in foods) HorizonScan service, Pesticides (13.5%), Salmonella (11.1%) and mycotoxins (7.1%) were the most frequently reported food contaminants globally over the last quarter. However, taken as a category, it was microbial contaminants that accounted for the highest number of reports (approximately […]

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