food contaminant News

  • Consequences of Contamination – Article in Food Processing

    The October 2014 issue of Food Processing featured a very interesting article entitled ‘The Consequences of Contamination’.  Metal contamination in particular is one contaminant that can be found, captured and removed at various stages with a process. Unfortunately, solving the problem of contamination is not possible using one item of equipment at one stage in the process.  ...


  • Food contamination after the Chernobyl accident

    The impact of the Chernobyl nuclear accident has been seriously overestimated, while unfounded statements presented as scientific facts have been used to strangle the nuclear industry, according to Russian researchers. Writing in the International Journal of Low Radiation, Sergei Jargin of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in Moscow, suggests that the health effects of food ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Food contamination after the Chernobyl accident

    The impact of the Chernobyl nuclear accident has been seriously overestimated, while unfounded statements presented as scientific facts have been used to strangle the nuclear industry, according to Russian researchers. Writing in the International Journal of Low Radiation, Sergei Jargin of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in Moscow, suggests that the health effects of food ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Mineral oil contamination in dry food samples

    SpeedExtractor E-916: Optimization of pressurized solvent extraction (PSE) for the rapid and efficient determination of MOSH and MOAH in dry food samples  Click here for more information   Related ...


    By BÜCHI Labortechnik AG

  • Contaminated Environments and Food Products can Cause Shigellosis

    Shigellosis is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria known as Shigella. Each year, approximately 14,000 cases of shigellosis are reported in the United States, but because many milder cases are not diagnosed or reported, the actual number of infections may be many times greater. Most people who are infected with Shigella develop diarrhea, fever, and ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Shedding a light on contaminants

    Name a current environmental challenge. Global climate change? Loss of endangered species? What about soil contamination? Soil pollution rarely makes headlines, though it is a prevalent global issue. According to the European Environment Agency, 39 member states in Europe had over 2.5 million contaminated soil sites in 2011. Sharon O’Rourke, researcher at University ...

  • Salmonella Contamination Suspected in Bagged Salads

    Dole Fresh Vegetables recently announced a voluntary recall of bagged salads due to possible Salmonella contamination after New York authorities found that a random sample of the product tested positive for the pathogen.   756 cases of DOLE® Seven Lettuces salad with Use-by Date of April 11, 2012, UPC code 71430 01057 and Product Codes 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B are being ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Pharmaceuticals recalled due to metallic contaminants

    This month a manufacturer of an intravenous blood pressure medication announced a voluntary recall of their product because of the potential presence of foreign matter. The material, according to reports, is made up of sub visible inert stainless steel particulates of approximately 2.5 microns in diameter.Contaminated pharmaceuticals are not a new phenomenon. In the past there have been numerous ...


  • Cholera outbreaks blamed on contaminated water

    Recurrent outbreaks of cholera in the western province of Nyanza are caused by widespread water contamination, including seepage from latrines, health officials said. 'The major contributor to the recent outbreaks in the area was unsafe water,' Shahnaaz Sharif, the senior deputy director of medical services in Kenya's health ministry, said. 'In Kisumu, many wells are built near the latrine; ...


    By IRIN

  • Specac Limited: Testing chocolate for contaminants

    If you haven't bitten into a chunk of plastic when you last ate a Mars Bar or Snickers, you may think there's no chance of eating any contaminants with your elevensee's. But not all foreign objects in food can be seen with human eyes. Straight-forward chocolate generally consists of coca butter, egg white, organic acids, cellulose, polyphenols, water, minerals, salts, theobromine, ...


    By Specac Limited

  • Lead Poisoning Risks in Contaminated Soil

    A recent USA Today investigation revealed contaminated soil around hundreds of old lead factory sites. At a hearing on Thursday, a US senator questioned federal environmental health officials about what is being done to reduce lead poisoning risks. Children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning, and they can be exposed to lead from a variety of sources–although ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Collaboration on antimicrobial technologies for food and beverage

    Ecolab has entered into a marketing agreement with DuPont to commercialise new antimicrobial coating technologies for the food and beverage processing industry that will reduce the risk of environmental contamination by enhancing food facility hygiene. The control of mold, and pathogenic bacteria, especially salmonella and listeria monocytogenes, is a significant challenge for the food processing ...

  • Determination of Melamine in food by ion chromatography

    Metrohm has released a simple and accurate method for the determination of melamine in milk powder and other food using ion chromatography after inline sample dialysis. The new method requires only moderate spending on instrumentation and is sensitive enough to quantify melamine contents well below the limits set by food safety regulatory authorities around the world. Melamine is an industrial ...


    By Metrohm AG

  • Food safety in the face of climate change

    The potential impact of climate change on food safety is considered in a new report by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report aims to raise awareness of the issue and to facilitate international cooperation in better understanding, developing and implementing strategies to address the changing food safety situation. Predicted climatic changes include an ...

  • Food safety is critical to nutrition security

    We must focus on food safety as well as nutrition to feed the hungry — but there are many barriers to safe eating, writes the WHO's Jørgen Schlundt. Most scientists agree that the world's farmers produce enough food to cater for the Earth's six billion people. The fact that more than one billion people suffer from hunger and undernutrition is widely thought to be a result of inadequate ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Dounreay publishes off-site contamination report

    Dounreay today publishes the findings of its investigation into the discovery of a radioactive particle in land adjacent to the licensed site. The investigation report has been distributed to the land-user and nearby residents  following its submission to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. It can be downloaded ...

  • With proper care, contaminated urban soils are safe for gardening

    A six-year study by Kansas State University researchers indicates that crops grown in contaminated urban soils present little to no risk for people eating those crops when gardeners have followed best practices. The findings are significant for urban and suburban gardeners, who according to a 2012 estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provide about 15 percent of the world's food, ...


    By Kansas State University

  • Up to 7% of Imported Spices Contaminated with Salmonella

    Last month, a new report was released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that took a comprehensive look at imported spices. According to their findings, approximately 12% of the spices were found to be contaminated with insect parts and rodent hairs, while roughly 7% were found to have Salmonella. The FDA report states, “A wide diversity of pathogens ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Drug Resistant Bacteria May be in Contaminated Turkey Burgers

    Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that they are, “…collaborating with public health officials in many states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella hadar infections. Investigators are using DNA analysis of Salmonella bacteria obtained ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Ridding rice plantations of arsenic from contaminated groundwater

    Genetically engineered rice plants that resist the uptake of toxic metals could boost production and ease the shortage of this staple crop in Asia, India and Bangladesh, where irrigation with contaminated groundwater has created soils with toxic levels of arsenic. More than 80 percent of the world’s population depends on rice as a staple food, but production is dropping in the rice paddies of ...


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