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Tropane Alkaloids in Food
There has been recent concern about cross-contamination of food with natural plant toxins such as atropine and scopolamine. Where do
The uses of titanium dioxide, and why EFSA concluded that it can no longer be considered safe as a food
Risk Ranking of Raw Materials
Food manufacturers could spend a fortune, testing every ingredient for every chemical contaminant and authenticity claim. How do you prioritise?
Pharmaceutical Residues in the Environment
There is increasing concern about the chronic effects of trace residues of pharmaceuticals in the ecosystem. This White Paper was
Pesticide Residues Analysis – Checking your Scope
All laboratories offer a multi-residue pesticide screen, but no two screens are the same. How do you challenge that the
Mycotoxins – Risk by Country
Mycotoxin risks are climate-dependent, but can be mitigated by good practice. Which countries' products are at higher risk? The answer
Food Labelling Enforcement
Food labelling regulations are harmonised across the European Union. But is the enforcement of these regulations? This analysis would suggest
Food Contact Materials
This White Paper, written for Dr Ehrenstorfer, uses the examples of BPA, mineral oils, and PFAS to show the merits
Food Colours and Dyes
Adulteration of food with illegal or undeclared colours is on most risk registers. But, in terms of previous history, the
Food Authenticity – Where are the Risks?
There is an echo-chamber effect with food fraud issues: a known issue will drive more testing, which drives more headlines,
Does COVID-19 affect food fraud risk?
John Points and Louise Manning, both members of the IFST's COVID-19 Advisory Group, assess the evidence for an increase in
Control of Veterinary Residues in Food
This white paper, written for LGC Standards, describes the European Union system for controlling residues of veterinary medicines in food.
Combatting Flavour Fraud with VACCP
Combatting fraud in the flavour industry. An article with Dave Baines in New Flavourist.
Chlorate Contamination in Food and Drink
Residues of chlorate can originate from many points in the food supply chain. This paper explores some of the regulatory
Has the rise in popularity of "Free-From" products affected trends in recalls for undeclared allergens?