Opinion of the 116th meeting of the ALS

The opinions of the 116th meeting of the ALS (Working Group of Food Chemistry Experts of the Federal States and the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety) 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 ALS opinions are not legally binding, but represent an important interpretation aid for food law regulations.


New maximum levels for lead and cadmium in foodstuffs

For the population, food is the main source of lead and cadmium compounds. Based on current scientific knowledge regarding the health risk and in years of cooperation with the European Commission, the Member States and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the maximum levels for lead in Regulation (EU) 2021/1317, valid from 30 August 2021, and for cadmium in Regulation (EU) 2021/1323, valid from 31 August 2021, have been revised for certain product groups.


Ethylene Oxide

Ethylene oxide is an active ingredient in crop protection products that is not permitted in the EU and has been used to disinfect spices, among other things. In Germany, its use in the food sector has been prohibited since 1981, as both ethylene oxide and its degradation product 2-chloroethanol are classified as toxic and mutagenic. Foodstuffs containing residues of ethylene oxide must therefore be classified as unsafe for health.


We support with new Corona Test Center

The ifp Institute for Product Quality contributes to the fight against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. ifp has many years of experience in the field of molecular biology & PCR as well as a manufacturer of real-time PCR test kits for rapid pathogen detection in food.


Fish fillets contaminated with chlorate

In the recent past, increased levels of chlorate residues in fish products, such as pangasius fillets, have been repeatedly detected. Due to the level of the residues, health impairments, especially in persons with thyroid diseases, cannot be ruled out, which is why affected products must be recalled as a precautionary measure.