16.04.2021

Updated exposure assessment of inorganic arsenic (iAs)

Arsenic is a ubiquitous semimetal. Its occurrence can be natural (a component of minerals), but it can also be influenced by various human activities (mining, burning fossil fuels). Arsenic can be in organic or inorganic form. Both compounds are toxic, with inorganic arsenic (iAs), which is predominantly found in soil, being the more toxic form. Inorganic arsenic is classified as a carcinogen. Other chronic effects of arsenic have been associated with, for example, skin lesions or cardiovascular disease.[1]

16.04.2021

Maximum levels for the addition of vitamins and minerals in food supplements and fortified foods

At both national and European level, there are currently no binding maximum levels for the addition of vitamins and minerals in food supplements and fortified foods. Nevertheless, it must be ensured that the majority of the population, with a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet, is protected from an oversupply of nutrients.

23.02.2021

5'- Mononucleotides

Nucleotides are composed of a base moiety (purine or pyrimidine) and a pentose whose 5'-position is phosphorylated.

They are components of various coenzymes and thus involved in the regulation of numerous metabolic processes. Furthermore, they form the building blocks of nucleic acids, RNA as well as DNA.

26.01.2021

Allergen analytics

Allergen analysis has a special status at ifp. We are not only an analytical service provider in the field of allergen analysis according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018-03 , but we also conduct active research in the field of method development in the field of immunological (protein / antibody-based), molecular biological (DNA-based) and mass spectrometric (protein / peptide-based) allergen analysis.

26.01.2021

Foreign body analytics

In food production, all kinds of foreign body contamination can occur due to a wide variety of incidents in food. Causes range from e.g. direct entry via raw materials (e.g. wood particles, insect parts), internal production processes (e.g. foil residues), damage to production equipment (e.g. metal abrasion, plastic parts), employee errors (e.g. cloths, metal parts) to manipulated consumer complaints (e.g. broken teeth, dental fillings).