Category Archives: Food science

Food composition and contamination, Bacterial and physical contamination, General pollutants (heavy metals), Food labelling, food trace metals, compliance with Foods Standard Code, food forensics and/or contamination, toxins in shellfish or seafood.

Heinz infant cereal recalled in China over lead scare

ABC News 19 August 2014

US food manufacturer Heinz has recalled some infant food products in China after a local watchdog said they contained excessive levels of lead.

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Conference Alert – International Conference on Food and Agricultural Sciences (ICFAS 2014)

Auckland New Zealand 12-13 November 2014

2014 2nd International Conference on Food and Agricultural Sciences (ICFAS 2014) will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, 12-13 November, 2014. ICFAS 2014 is sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society (APCBEES). It is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel and fundamental advances in the fields of Food and Agricultural Sciences. It also serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in improving Food and Agricultural Sciences related techniques.

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Danes link listeria deaths to meat

BBC News 12 August 2014

Danish officials say they suspect that sausage contaminated with listeria bacteria has killed at least 12 people.  The outbreak began last September.

The infection is thought to have come from pork sausages called Rullepoelse, made by a firm in Hedehusene, near the capital Copenhagen. The product has now been withdrawn from sale.

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Research finds hormone-disrupting chemicals in 59% of wines

ScienceAlert 12 August 2014

New research has found that 59% of tested French wines contain at least one form of phthalate, most likely as a result of plastics used in wineries.
Phthalates are toxic compounds that are prevalent in plastics and household products, and research has suggested that certain types are capable of disrupting human hormones, as well as being linked to conditions such as obesity and allergies. There are limits to how much is allowed to be present in human food, and some phthalates, such as Di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP), are banned by many regulatory agencies from any contact with food.

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Link to Journal article in Food Additives & Contaminants


Pork industry says pig meat is safe to eat despite significant rise in swine flu cases this year

ABC Rural News Lucy Barbour 12 August 2014

The pork industry says it will closely monitor the public perception of pig meat products in response to a significant rise in swine flu cases this year.
There have been more than 18,000 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, and that figure is expected to grow.

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Springer launches “ChemTexts –The Textbook Journal of Chemistry”

(Springer 11 August 2014) Beginning in 2015, Springer will publish a new online-only journal called ChemTexts — The Textbook Journal of Chemistry. With four issues a year and 250 pages per issue, ChemTexts will impart contemporary knowledge in all subdivisions of chemistry to students at an exceptionally high didactic level.

New: The first textbook journal, now accepting submissions

  • Publishes current, peer-reviewed texts on contemporary topics in chemistry and biochemistry
  • Offers valuable improvement over typical textbook material
  • Free access in 2015 and 2016

This online journal publishes texts for academic education in chemistry and biochemistry, with the aim of imparting contemporary knowledge to students at an exceptionally high didactic level. Typical texts offer self-consistent treatment of a topic which could be part of a textbook. These are thoroughly illustrated and may also include such supplementary material as animated presentations or videos.

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Mercury in the global ocean

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 6 August ) Mercury is a naturally occurring element as well as a by-product of such distinctly human enterprises as burning coal and making cement. Estimates of ‘bioavailable’ mercury — forms of the element that can be taken up by animals and humans — play an important role in everything from drafting an international treaty designed to protect humans and the environment from mercury emissions, to establishing public policies behind warnings about seafood consumption.

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Keeping filler ingredients out of your cup of coffee

(American Chemical Society 11 August 2014) Coffee drinkers beware: Surprise ingredients may be hiding in your coffee, and growing shortages may well increase the chance of having more fillers in the future. A new test that will be reported today at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, may quickly find them before the beverage reaches stores and restaurants.

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Wine regional ‘fingerprints’ found

BBC News James Morgan 11 August 2014

Fine wines have unique chemical “fingerprints” that could authenticate their origin and quality, scientists have found.

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Northey Street soil testing finds arsenic, asbestos and lead

Brisbane Times Kim Stephens 9 August 2014

Lead, asbestos and arsenic has been detected during Brisbane City Council soil testing at Northey Street City Farm.  The popular inner-north organic farm was given the go ahead to reopen on Friday afternoon, six weeks after it was closed, but only after it implements a number of measures to minimise health risks.

Independent council testing confirmed there was lead and asbestos in the garden soil as well as arsenic, chromium and benzene in the ash of a fire pit on site.   Queensland Health analysed the findings and recommended a management plan to limit potential health risks.

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