Ethoxyquin in Salmon

Antibiotics & Contaminant Ethoxyquin In Farmed Salmon

Samples from farmed salmon show increased levels of the contaminant ethoxyquin. The formerly used plant protection product is still allowed as a preservative in animal feed, but there are fixed maximum limits for ethoxyquin in food. In so-called aquacultures, fish such as salmon are bred to reduce overfishing of wild stocks. Ethoxyquin is often added
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Product recalls

Product recalls – how can they be prevented?

Food products may only be placed on the market if they are safe for consumption. If they are unsafe, it leads to product recalls. The most common reason for recalls are microbiological contaminations such as harmful bacteria, mould and germs occurring in the food. Furthermore, products are often recalled as a result of foreign particles
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Pesto

Pesto: Testing the Italian classic

When it comes to Italian staple foods, pesto is one of the first that comes to mind. Unfortunately, recent tests of 20 pesto products sold by supermarkets have shown that foreign substances are common, with only two pesto products in this sample being marked as satisfactory. More than half of the tested pesto products contained
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Olive Oil

Authenticity Testing of Olive Oil

New method for determining the origin of olive oil   Olive oil is becoming more and more popular and enjoys the reputation of being particularly healthy for both young and old. Italy is the first country that comes to mind when it comes to high-quality, natural, authentic olive oil. However, olive oil labels do not
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Sandwich spread

The testing of sandwich spreads

Sandwich spread is one of the most diverse foods. This food supplies a wide flavour spectrum, with something available to all flavour pallets, which contributes to its popularity. 25 of the most popular sandwich spreads have recently been tested for additives, pesticides, pollutants, etc. with results being largely positive. Of the 25 spreads tested, barely
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Baby tea

Sugars forbidden in baby teas – what does it mean?

Legal regulations for foods ensure that a safe product reaches the market. Products intended for infants and toddlers are held to stricter standards, as infants and toddlers are to be protected. A recent meeting among the German Federal Council outlined this, and resulted in a new regulations forbidding sugar, honey, fruit juice/concentrate/powder/nectar, malt, or other
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Ketchup testing

Ketchup testing ahead of barbecue season

With barbecue season approaching, people will start craving a side of ketchup to partner their meat. Ketchup may however contain a variety of substances which come with legal limits. These substances include pesticides, mould toxins, and ergosterol. Along with the aforementioned substances, ketchup also includes lycopene. High amounts of lycopene in ketchup is considered a
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Salad

All Shiga Toxine-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) subtypes are pathogenic

The Pathogenicity assessment of “Shiga toxine-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and the public health risk posed by contamination of food with STEC” from 2013 was recently reviewed by EFSA. Based on the assessment it was concluded that all STEC strains are pathogenic in humans, capable of causing at least diarrhoea and that all STEC subtypes may
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Food Fraud

Increase of food fraud during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused challenges in the food supply chain, partially due to the shift in supply and demand. While some food manufacturers are left with tremendous surpluses, others are struggling to keep up with their customer’s demands. For manufacturers who have seen an increase in demand, goods such as rice and meat are
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Listeria cheese

Listeria in cheese

Listeria bacteria may be found in a variety of cheeses. Seeing as the listeria bacteria causes serious foodborne illnesses, all cheeses believed to carry excess listeria may not be sold according to law, as this could lead to health impacts for the consumer. Raw milk soft cheeses contain listeria at a higher frequency than other
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