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Uncovered: Manipulations of Olive Oil & Vanilla

The German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) announced that manipulations of olive oil and vanilla have been detected within the project OPSON IX.   Olive oil   Olive oil is one of the most frequently adulterated foods. According to Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007, three grades of olive oil are permitted in the
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Dioxins in Eggs

Dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in eggs

Dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) are chemical compounds that are ingested by humans primarily through animal foodstuffs. These substances accumulate in the fatty tissue of humans and can thus cause long-term health damage.   For this reason, maximum levels for dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs have been in force since 2006. According to Regulation (EC)
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Alcohol in disinfectant gels

Lack of alcohol in disinfectant gels

Laboratory analyses of various disinfectant gels have shown that many do not have the attributes required to effectively disinfect hands or surfaces. This inefficacy is due to an alcohol shortage in many disinfectant products. In order to control pathogens such as the novel coronavirus, hand gels must contain between 70 and 85% alcohol, and be
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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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