contamination of food


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contamination of food

The presence, introduction, or development of infectious or toxic material in food. Food may be contaminated by chemical residues (such as pesticides), bacteria (Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Listeria), viruses (hepatitis A, Norwalk), protozoa (Giardia), worms (tapeworms and roundworms), molds (Aspergillus), or toxins (botulinum, staphylococcal enterotoxin).
See also: food
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"This resulted from contamination of food during the festive season.
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He pointed out that the Food Control Department is always updated on the latest contamination of food products around the world, and that they follow up on such incidents by taking precautionary measures and carrying out laboratory tests on products that are available in the market.
That quake triggered fuel-rod meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing radiation leakage, contamination of food and water and mass evacuations in the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.
One of the key objectives of this campaign is to raise awareness among food suppliers on all stages of handling food such as storage, preparation, processing, cooking and conservation in addition to raising awareness on the possibility of cross contamination of food within the facility.
Japan has been struggling to dispel rumors about radioactive contamination of food products as the nuclear crisis has prompted some countries to restrict Japanese food imports.
The damage caused by the crisis triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami is widespread, ranging from the suspension of businesses to fears of radioactive contamination of food, and could possibly total more than 10 trillion yen.
IN THE NEWS: Our past story, above Principal environmental health officer Wayne Flowers said: "We found evidence of a widespread mouse infestation and poor standards of cleanliness that resulted in the contamination of food equipment and food preparation surfaces.
The European Commission will propose, on 8 April, to the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health to align maximum admissible levels of radioactive contamination of food currently in force on European territory following the Fukushima nuclear accident, to levels applied in Japan.
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The consignments will be kept under official control for at least five working days pending the results and may be placed on the market if they do not exceed maximum levels of radioactivity permitted by Regulation 3954/87 Euratom establishing admissible levels of radioactive contamination of food and feed after a nuclear accident.
He added that the authority would continue to monitor news and updates from Japan and communicate with international bodies concerned as well as gather information on the possible contamination of food.

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