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]

16.07.2021

Resolutions of the 86th Working Meeting of the ALTS

The resolutions of the 86th working meeting of the ALTS (Working Group of Experts Working in the Field of Food Hygiene and Food of Animal Origin) have been published on the website of the BVL (Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety) and in the Journal for Consumer Protection and Food Safety. The ALTS decisions have no binding legal character. However, they reflect the opinion of the representatives of food control and, in addition to other sources, represent relevant and important interpretation aids for the application of food law regulations.

16.07.2021

New rapid method established at ifp

The determination of the total fat content is carried out using the latest NMR technology at CEM's Oracle. In contrast to conventional rapid methods, which are based on near-infrared spectroscopy, NMR technology does not require matrix-specific calibration. This allows universal use of the method in the food and feed sector. In addition, the measurement is more environmentally friendly because solvents can be saved.

16.07.2021

New Opinion from BfR - Infant nutrition: Health risks due to erucic acid are not to be expected

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has published the statement No 017/2021. Erucic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid and occurs, among other things, in oleaginous seeds of cruciferous vegetables (rape) and their processed products such as rape oil.

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.