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.
Beyond the illness that can occur as a result of the intentional contamination of food, the economic impact on brand name and product type can also be significant.
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.
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.
6 percent at one point as plutonium was detected in soil at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, sparking fresh concerns over its widening radiation leak that has already led to contamination of food and water supplies, brokers said.
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.
Members of the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) wish to co-legislate on the draft regulation setting maximum acceptable levels for radioactive contamination of food and feed following a nuclear accident or in any other case of radiological emergency.
Contamination of food contact surfaces can be a major issue in food service operations.
Carlquist recommends focusing more effort on reducing bacterial contamination of food in the first place, which means better hygiene at all stages of food production and distribution.
796) determined the presence of POP contamination of food in the United States by measuring perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), organochlorine pesticides (OPs), and poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in composite food samples purchased from supermarkets.
The Willenhall-based company admitted charges including failing to protect against contamination of food, having premises that were not clean and not having a procedure in place to control pests.

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