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Contaminants - Articles and news items

A hidden nightmare: Allergies, intolerance and food safety

Blogs, Z Homepage Promo  •  17 November 2016  •  Rene Duchesne, Food Safety Manager, Cavalier Candies Ltd.

We ask Food Safety Manager Rene Duchesne to discuss the importance of precautionary measures in product manufacturing when working with allergens…

Emerging contaminants in the water we drink

Issue 5 2016  •  14 October 2016  •  Dr. Ulrich Kreuter, Technical Manager, NSF

People consume water from a wide variety of sources within the aquatic ecosystem and the control of contamination is an important issue…

Metal detectable plastics use in cleaning tools and utensils

Issue 5 2016  •  14 October 2016  •  Debra Smith, Global Hygiene Specialist, Vikan

Global Hygiene Specialist at Vikan, Debra Smith describes the use of metal detectable plastics in cleaning tools and utensils…

Salmonella risk reduced

Industry news  •  26 July 2016  •  Stephanie Anthony, Editor New Food

A new report on Salmonella in eggs show that contamination risk has reduced since last report.

Cross out contamination

Featured news  •  24 June 2016  •  Bjorn Thumas, Director of Business Development at TOMRA Sorting Food

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 600 million people – almost 10 per cent of the global population – fall ill after eating contaminated food…

EFSA reports 2014 data for veterinary drug residues in animals and food

Industry news  •  26 May 2016  •  Victoria White, Digital Content Producer

EFSA has reported data from 2014 for a range of veterinary medicines and contaminants found in animals and animal-derived food…

FSA publishes list of food incidents handled in Q4 2015

Industry news  •  31 March 2016  •  Victoria White

The list summarises alerts issued by the FSA to recall or withdraw products and includes information about foodborne outbreak investigations…

John Lee, Agilent Technologies – Discusses nanoparticle technology and its use in the food industry

Interviews, Video  •  8 December 2015  •  New Food

In this exclusive video interview, John discusses new innovations at Agilent, shares his insights into the key challenges facing the food industry, and explains the impact that Agilent has had on the food industry…

Detection of residues and contaminants in food products and the development of novel approaches – RAFA roundtable

Video  •  17 November 2015  •  Stephanie Anthony, Editor, New Food

From the 3rd – 6th November New Food had the pleasure of attending Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA) 2015. While at this event, New Food hosted a filmed roundtable discussion, sponsored by Sciex, on the topic of contaminants and novel approaches in food analysis.

What systems you need and what to expect from a traceability audit

Issue 5 2015  •  28 October 2015  •  Michael Govro, Technical/QA Manager, NSF International

This article discusses the current state of traceability and product recalls, the effects of regulation and voluntary industry standards on traceability, what to expect from a traceability audit and what systems ensure traceability.

Whitepaper: The Hygienic Design of Food Industry Brushware

Whitepapers  •  1 October 2015  •  Vikan A/S

The correct selection of cleaning equipment by the food manufacturing and food service industries is essential to minimise the risk of product contamination and aid compliance…

Packaging Contaminants: Food contact material regulations in Europe

Issue 4 2015  •  1 September 2015  •  Marinella Vitulli, Laboratory Manager, pH Laboratory, Florence, TÜV SÜD

Food packaging and food contact materials are essential to provide consumers worldwide with safe and nutritious food. Packaging manufacturers must be prepared to deal with a diverse global regulatory landscape, as well as customer procurement requirements based on voluntary standards. This article gives an overview of recent European regulations and TÜV SÜD’s testing strategy, with a focus on plastic materials…

Contaminants & Drug Residues: Safe seafood consumption for pregnant women and young children

Issue 4 2015  •  1 September 2015  •  Edward Groth III, Groth Consulting Services

Providing fish consumption advice for pregnant women and young children requires weighing risk-benefit trade-offs. Seafood (I will use the words ‘fish’ and ’seafood’ interchangeably here to include both finfish and shellfish) provides important nutrients, such as the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3s) docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are essential for prenatal nervous system development. However, fish consumption is also the primary route of exposure to methylmercury, which is neurotoxic…

Managing foreign body contamination risk in the food chain

Issue 3 2015  •  30 June 2015  •  Simon Lott, Commissioning Editor, New Food

In light of the recent potato ingredients product recall by UK supermarkets, we look at what can be done to mitigate foreign object contaminant risk in the food chain…

Food Contaminants: Definitions, acceptability and EU contaminant legislation

Issue 5 2014  •  27 October 2014  •  Sarah Howarth, Scientific Committee Member, IFST

If we were to ask a lay person to provide a definition of food contaminants, we would expect something along the lines of: a product which cannot be eaten or used; something which is harmful; a material which should not be present; poisonous; and polluted. These definitions communicate a rather black and white belief that the food concerned cannot be consumed. Are these lay consumers correct in their understanding? For example, if we find traces of any substance defined as a ‘contaminant’ in a food, is it unacceptable? If this was correct then most foods would be removed from the market…

 

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