Contaminants in food and feed
ifp Institut für Produktqualität offers comprehensive analyses and regulatory consulting for a broad range of contaminants. Please find further information on the following sites.
What is a food contaminant?
According to Council Regulation (EEC) No. 315/93 laying down Community procedures for contaminants in food, “contaminant” means any substance not intentionally added to food which is present in such food as a result of the production (including operations carried out in crop husbandry, animal husbandry and veterinary medicine), manufacture, processing, preparation, treatment, packing, packaging, transport or holding of such food, or as a result of environmental contamination. Extraneous matter, such as, for example, insect fragments, animal hair, etc, is not covered by this definition.
Maximum levels are defined in Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006 setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs. For further information see the following pages:
- heavy metals
- mineral oil hydrocarbons
- polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB)
- polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)