Current tests for pesticide residues

At the end of March, the CVUA Stuttgart presented an evaluation of the analysis results from the year 2020 with regard to the current substances in conventional fresh fruit. The samples were routinely analysed using both the QuEChERS Multi method and the QuPPe method for very polar substances.


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.


Bamboo tableware - melamine-formaldehyde resin

"Bamboo tableware" for example plates, cups, bowls, cutlery or coffee-to-go cups and the like are often touted as an environmentally friendly, biodegradable alternative to plastic. They are advertised with statements referring to bamboo as a sustainable, recyclable and natural raw material.


Ethylene oxide

 Ethylene oxide is a plant protection agent that is not permitted in the EU and has been used, among other things, to sterilise spices. In Germany, its use in the food sector has been banned since 1981, as ethylene oxide is classified as mutagenic. Since the end of 2020, numerous warnings with positive findings in sesame seeds can be found in the European rapid alert system. The background to this is that ethylene oxide is very suitable for antimicrobial treatment and is also approved for the US market, for example.