Trans fatty acids in the spotlight

The fact that the FDA called for a ban on partially hydrogenated fats last June has revived the discussion about trans fatty acids in Europe as well. Partially hydrogenated vegetable fats are the main source of harmful longer-chain trans fatty acids in processed foods.


Insects – food of the future?

What seems disconcerting or revolting to us today may become a common dish on European plates some time in the future. The EU is increasingly dealing with the emerging significance of insects as food. This has less to do with the innovative power of our food industry, but rather indicates a matter-of-fact acknowledgement of the global realities of consumption and demand.


Analytics meets technology – ifp and DIL agree on cooperation

ifp Institut für Produktqualität (Berlin) and the German Institute for Food Technology (DIL) in Quakenbrück have agreed to more closely synchronise their services in the fields of food analysis and technology consulting.


BfR publishes study on peanut cross-contacts in packaged products based on ifp’s test kits

A team of researchers at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) has published the results of a study on peanut traces in packaged products1. The analytical methods used also included a lateral flow rapid test and ELISA developed by ifp.


Phosphonic acid / fosetyl Al in nuts: prolonged higher maximum residue level (MRLs) planned

The temporary raise of the maximum residue level (MRL) for fosetyl Al (sum of fosetyl plus phosphonic acid and its salts, expressed as fosetyl) in certain products, such as fruits and nuts, to 75 mg/kg, as specified by Regulation (EU) No. 991/2014, expires on 31 December 2015.