New maximum allowed concentrations for lead and a planned revision of maximum mercury concentrations

On 16. July 2015 Regulation (EC) 2015/1005 amending Contaminant Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006 regarding maximum levels of lead in certain foods came into force. Some of the existing maximum levels will be lowered and others will be raised, while additional maximum concentrations will be introduced for further product categories. The amended and new maximum levels will be valid as of 1 January 2016.


Detection of pharmaceutical and pesticide residues in drinking water

ifp Institut für Produktqualität has established analytical methods for the detection of pharmaceutical and pesticide residues in drinking water. The detectable range of substances comprises more than 460 pesticides and more than 40 pharmaceutical substances plus relevant metabolites.


ifp website redesigned and optimised for mobile devices

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we redesigned our website which we proudly present to you now. The update is not just limited to a fresh layout. It was just as important for us to also adapt the technology to match the demands of the smartphone era.


Mahaleb causes false-positive almond test results

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency the recall of cumin products that allegedly contained undeclared almond traces in March was based on false-positive lab results.


EU approves import of ten new events of genetically modified crops

The EU Commission has approved the import and use in food and feed of ten new genetically modified organisms. The approval processes included positive scientific evaluations by the EFSA. The last time the Commission gave approval to a GMO was in November 2013.