NEW EU FOOD LABELING REGULATION
On December 13 2014 a new regulation of
mandatory labeling for food products entered into force in the European Union. Regulation
EC 1169/2011, which contains guidelines for progressive implementation, aims to
improve the information given to consumers, particularly in regard to
ingredients, additives, origin and allergens, and to generate more transparency
in the food market.
GMOs, WHAT ABOUT THEM?It is increasingly common for importers of peanuts to require a certificate guaranteeing that the goods they purchase are free of GMOs.
Globally a growing concern is observed in different segments of society about the potential damage that GMOs may cause to human health and the environment.
SANITARY REGULATIONS IN THE FOOD TRADE
Healthy and safe products. A sustainability concept with an integrated vision.
What is the real situation at home?
PESTICIDES RESIDUES IN PEANUTS FROM CORDOBA, ARGENTINA
The study aims to design an adequate risk analysis scheme on the basis of indicators obtained
by scientific means, with statistic evidence of severity and frequency of occurrence, during three
CADMIUM, ORANGE ALERT FOR THE FOOD CHAIN
Cadmium is a heavy metal that usually results from industrial waste and causes food contamination. It is used in various industrial processes such as the manufacture of plastics and glass. If residues of these activities are not adequately treated, they can severely contaminate water and soil, then cadmium is transmitted to plants and animals. Agricultural production worldwide is often affected by different levels of contamination. The accumulation of cadmium in the human body can cause serious health damage.
SAFETY AND HEALTH - INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS ON FUMIGATIONS
Farmers apply chemical treatments along the different stages of the production chain in order to prevent and control weeds, diseases and insects that can damage crops. Pest control treatments are also applied in the food processing industry and in transport.
Public and private International organizations study relevant matters involved in the use of pesticides to issue standards, guidelines and codes of practice. (International Convention on Pest Control, Mar del Plata, Argentina, April 2009)
AFLATOXIN REGULATIONS AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE PRODUCTION CHAIN
Food safety legislation in different countries shows considerable variations in aflatoxin limits, which causes discrepancies and distortions in the trade. There is concern that increasingly stringent food safety standards would adversely affect the market access of products originated in developing countries. In fact, only technologically developed countries or suppliers are able to comply with the requirements and to overcome the process of compliance itself.
TOXIC SUBSTANCES IN FOOD
Chemical hazards in food are a constant cause of concern among health experts, sanitary technicians and consumers.
Any system of health and quality assurance requires the producer or processor is able to identify the health hazards that may be present in the food they produce, and to prevent, control and minimize these hazards through effective measures.
FIGHTING FOOD FRAUD
It is a crime that is gaining relevance and attention in the international market. Hence also a new segment of professional expertise has been growing importance: supply chain analysis.
Sometimes the implications are just economic, but in others, these maneuvers also involve serious risks to public health. Following recent scandals unleashed in Europe caused by modified meats and fake probiotic products, consumer organizations demanded preventive measures.