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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