60 years of the Journal of Food Investigatoins in the light of the last 30 years

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Autor: Pál Molnár

The Journal of Food Investigations was founded 60 years ago as a periodical of the Hungarian Authority Food Control, in 2014 marks its 60th edition. The foundation of the Journal of Food Investigations (Élelmiszervizsgálati Közlemények, ÉVIK) was initiated in May 1954 by the hemistry and Food Control Institute of Budapest. The first managing editor was József Kottász, head of the Drinks and Alcohol Industry Department of this Institute. The Swiss periodical „Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete der Lebensmitteluntersuchung und Hygiene” served as model. Accordingly, the initial aim was to publish methods necessary for the control of „adulterated foods and other consumer goods”, as well as to make available new and improved chemical, physico-chemical and microbiological test methods for experts used for the determination of quality of foods.


The 1st issue of the 1st volume was published in January 1955. During the first 25 years, 990 articles of almost  600 authors were published, along with roughly 1500 reviews and other professional news. When celebrating the 25th anniversary, the performance of the journal was praised by Lajos Dénes, the Deputy Minister responsible for the Hungarian Authority Food Control as follows: „On the occasion of the anniversary, I would like to express my

appreciation for the regular and ad hoc counterparts of the journal for their work so far, and I hope that this periodical will promote the spreading of the experiences of modern scientific research and practice in food analysis, and help to develop the quality and technological level of food production with its activity in the future.”


Special thanks to the authors who often took part also in the Editorial Board of the ÉVIK. Their names are listed in table 2, together with their positions and active years.

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