Irradiation from radioactive elements, such as cobalt-60, or an electron beam, can be applied to raw materials to prevent the proliferation of plagues or to kill bacteria that could be present in ready-to-eat foods or industrialised ingredients. It is therefore an important tool in food safety and food security. Food contamination by some pathogenic bacteria, such as Salmonella sp. or Escherichia coli, is still a recalcitrant problem faced by the food industry, even in countries where the highest quality control measurements are applied. The present paper is intended to be an overview on the roles of irradiation treatment on different sectors of the food industry with a focus on relevant aspects such as food contamination risks, the irradiation process itself and public concern about new technologies.
General Information Neonicotinoids are a family of active substances which include imidacloprid, acetamiprid, thiacloprid, dinotefuran, nitenpyram, thiamethoxam and clothianidin. They are used in plant protection to control harmful insects and also in veterinary medicine. The name literally means “new nicotine-like insecticide” due to the chemical similarity to nicotine. Sometimes the name neonicotinoids is shortened to “neonics” or “NNIs”.¨ The neonicotinoid class...
FCM regulations in China and the US - a comparison
While the intention of food contact regulations in both China and the US is to protect public health, the approaches taken, the obligations for industry and other facets of the regulations differ in notable ways. This article overviews the two regulatory systems, highlighting key similarities and differences between the emerging regulatory regime in China and the established US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food contact regulations.China overviewUnder China`s Food Safety Law (FSL), food contact materials...
EFSA Publishes New Guidance on Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed
Abstract:The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a July 4, 2018, press release announcing the availability of new guidance on how to assess the safety of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a July 4, 2018, press release announcing the availability of new guidance on how to assess the safety of nanoscience and nanotechnology applications. See http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/180704 The guidance covers novel foods, food contact materials,...
OECD Tour de Table Reports on Developments on Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a May 17, 2018, document entitled Developments in Delegations on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials — Tour de Table. The document compiles information provided by delegations for the February 2018 OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) meeting on current developments on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials. It aims to summarize relevant information on activities related to manufactured nanomaterials, as...
Industrial Fans for Food and Dairy Processing
Important Considerations Required in Fans for Food and Dairy Processing Manufacturers of food and dairy products are well aware that there are increased Federal and State guidelines that impact their operations in the interest of greater health and safety. Industrial fans for food and dairy processing are no different. Industrial fans play a pivotal role in keeping this equipment sanitary and free of contamination by harmful bacteria. The additional guidelines specify: Construction materials Welding...