Recently identified risks and signals

The identification of emerging risks is an ongoing process. The external communication of emerging risks is a complex task, with the methods, timing and target audience being determined on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the nature of the issue, the target group may be the authority (in particular the National Food Chain Safety Office – NÉBIH), senior managers, the professional community, food businesses or the wider community, consumers interested in the issue, etc. Not only emerging risks requiring action may be communicated, but some issues may also help to promote research or be important due to their educational character, and therefore may be communicated through communication channels such as the DFI's website.

The possible role of everyday chemicals in global obesity

Obesity is increasing almost everywhere in the world, with more overweight and obese than underweight people globally. The accepted view is that overeating and insufficient physical activity are the causes. However, a small group of researchers questions this assumption and directs attention to the role of chemicals in the expanding waistlines.

Mineral oil hydrocarbons in food

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recently published an updated risk assessment on mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOHs) in food.

ANSES’s work on prosulfocarb

The French agency ANSES is closely monitoring the issue of prosulfocarb. Prosulfocarb is the second most used herbicide active ingredient in France.

3-MCPD in pre-fried foods

3-MCPD (3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol) is a chemical compound recognized as a contaminant in certain food products, notably forming during the processing of foods subjected to high temperatures, such as the refining of edible oils and various heat-intensive culinary practices. While it is a studied area, its presence and levels in pre-fried foods might be underestimated.

Microbiological risks of plant-based products

The market for plant-based meat and dairy substitutes has grown significantly in recent years, thanks to increasing consumer demand. First seed milks appeared on the shelves, followed by plant-based alternatives to cheese. These new products differ in terms of composition and production, and can therefore pose a variety of risks when consumed.

Potential health impacts of quaternary ammonium compounds

Quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs) are a diverse group of chemicals discovered in the 1940s, primarily used in antimicrobials, disinfectants, sanitizers, and surfactants. Studies indicate increased human exposure to QACs and environmental releases in recent years, partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan releases wastewater from the Fukushima plant into the sea

The management of radioactive wastewater from the 2011 tsunami and the subsequent nuclear accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant is a long-term challenge for Japan.In 2021, the Japanese government announced that nuclear-contaminated wastewater would be discharged into the sea.

Understanding antimicrobial resistance – new evidences

This post will only cover the latest scientific results, reports, and evidence regarding the AMR. It is just intended to be a short summary of recently published, sometimes quite surprising findings and scientific topics all connected to the antimicrobial resistance.

Nitrosamines in food raise a health concern

In March 2023, EFSA's new evaluation of the nitrosamine content of foods was published, according to which the dietary intake of these substances generated during the preparation and processing of foods raises health concerns for all age groups.

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