Expanding the detection and quantification of contaminants in food samples

Posted: 27 November 2018 | | No comments yet

Monitoring contaminants in seafood samples is crucial, but developments in regulations and marine feed mean the situation is constantly changing. Tania Portolés explains her work at the Research Institute for Pesticides and Water (IUPA), Spain, in ensuring food security in such samples.

Food contaminants are chemical substances that have been non-intentionally added to food or feed and can accumulate in the food chain through various stages of production, processing, transport or environment.

The European Union has limited and prohibited the use of many contaminants in order to prevent health problems. Monitoring these contaminants in food samples is therefore crucial to ensure that the levels do not exceed the permitted concentration.

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