15.06.2022

Accredited foreign object detection & analysis according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025

Although food companies take far-reaching quality assurance measures, foreign body findings are not uncommon at all stages of food production. In order to avoid safety risks and economic damage, reliable foreign body detection is therefore indispensable. Once such an occurrence has been detected, it is important to identify the foreign body precisely, because this is the only way to assess its relevance for product safety so that the right quality assurance measures can be initiated.

20.07.2022

New maximum levels for pyrrolizine alkaloids

Pyrrolizidine alkaloids are secondary plant constituents that are mainly formed by plants to protect them from predators. Due to their harmful potential, especially the group of 1,2-unsaturated pyrrolizidine alkaloids is undesirable in food and feed.

20.07.2022

Green claims using the example of "climate neutrality"

Many products advertise with the claim "climate neutral". However, there are no regulations on so-called "green claims" at either European or national level.

24.08.2022

Statements of the 118th meeting of the ALS

The statements of the 118th meeting of the ALS (Working Group of Food Chemistry Experts of the German 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.

24.08.2022

Vegan and vegetarian meat alternatives

In Germany, plant-based substitute to meat are being purchased more and more frequently.

There are no legal regulations at EU level regarding the specific labelling of plant-based meat and sausage alternatives. In Germany, the guidelines for vegan and vegetarian foods with similarities to foods of animal origin have been used as the basis for the designation since 2018. In addition, ISO 23662:2021 has been in force since 2021 and includes definitions for vegan and vegetarian foods in international trades.