Domestic panorama 2018/4

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Author: Gábor Szunyogh

 

Danube analysis: 50 microplastic particles per cubic meter

 

Of the Hungarian rivers investigated so far, the most microplastics were found in the Danube: 50 particles per cubic meter. During the Tiny Plastic Puzzle project, following the investigation of the river Tisza, the microplastic contamination of the Danube and its tributaries has been measured by WESSLING Hungary Kft. and its partners. In the opinion of the researchers and expert proficient in the practice of environmental protection and laboratory analyses, presented at the project conclusion conference held at the WESSLING Knowledge Center on October 10, 2018, the results of the measurements are disturbing. The analyses performed so far were only the first steps: we are facing a global challenge, and so coordinated measures are needed to reverse the contamination process caused by microplastics that enter our environment.

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Outlook 2018/4

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Foodsafetynews.com:

 

FAO helps to improve fish safety in Ukraine


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN said based on findings of an assessment in 2016 and conversations with food safety authorities it identified a need for specific protocols in fisheries and food safety.

A project began in July 2017 with the State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection, the State Agency of Fisheries, the Association of Ukrainian importers of fish and seafood and the Association of Ukrainian Aquaculture Society.

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Domestic panorama 2018/3

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Author: Gábor Szunyogh

 

Microplastics in the river Rába


Following the river Tisza, microplastics were also found in the tributaries of the Danube: during the Tiny Plastic Puzzle project, 1.7 and 12.1 microplastic particles per cubic meter were detected by an independent laboratory in the rivers Ipoly and Rába, respectively – this was announced at an environmental conference on June 28. The report of Laboratorium.hu reveals that measurements will also be carried out by the researchers on our biggest river, the Danube, in the fall.

Gábor Bordós of WESSLING Hungary Kft. said at the conference that one cubic meter of the water of the Rába contains 12.1 microplastic particles, and this can mean as much as 20.7 million particles per day.  read more ...

Outlook 2018/3

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

EFSA-news:


African swine fever: EFSA assesses measures to prevent spread


EFSA has identified strategies for managing wild boar at different stages of an epidemic of African swine fever (ASF): what should be done before, during and after. Wild boar are known to play an important role in the spread of the disease.

In a scientific opinion published today, EFSA experts investigate the density of the wild boar population in Europe, and assess measures to reduce it and keep infected wild boar away from uninfected ones. They also identify ways to detect the disease early.

Measures such as intensive hunting and not feeding wild boar should be implemented to reduce the risks of outbreaks. When an epidemic is ongoing, activities that may increase the movement of wild boar should be avoided (e.g. intensive drive hunts).

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Domestic panorama 2018/2

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Author: Gábor Szunyogh

 

Revolutionary changes in microplastic analysis


Following the first microplastic analyses in Hungary, samples taken in the catchment area of the river Tisza were analyzed again by the researchers. Microplastics could be detected in the samples taken from the Eger stream, a tributary of Lake Tisza, from the Great Morotva within the reservoir, and from the river Tisza at Tiszafüred.

It is an alarming phenomenon that, due to the use of large amounts of plastics, particles smaller than 5 mm, i.e., microplastics are also present now in fresh waters, posing environmental and food safety hazards, as they are concentrated in the bodies of aquatic organisms, and thus the organic contaminants (pesticides, drug residues) adsorbed on their surface can enter the bodies of fish.

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Outlook 2018/2

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

EFSA news:

 

Fipronil: results of follow-up monitoring published


EFSA has published its analysis of food data collected following the widespread detection of fipronil residues in eggs last summer.

The detection of fipronil residues in eggs by Belgian authorities in July 2017 led to millions of eggs being withdrawn from the market in the European Union. The contamination was caused by illegal use of non-approved veterinary medicinal products in poultry farms.

Member States submitted to EFSA the results of more than 5,000 samples of eggs and chicken collected between 1 September and 30 November 2017.

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Local panorama 2018/1

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Author: Gábor Szunyogh

New compounds on the prohibited list

Starting from January 1, new anabolic steroids and stimulants have been added to the prohibited list of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Some of the compounds have so far been ingredients of various dietary supplements. Athletes need to be even more careful when selecting the dietary supplements they take, to make sure they do not violate anti-doping rules – reveals Doppingmentes.hu, the homepage of the first database in Hungary containing doping-free dietary supplements.

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Outlook 2018/1

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Author: Gábor Szunyogh


EFSA-news


Revised safe intake for 3-MCPD in vegetable oils and food


EFSA’s experts have used an updated scientific approach to reassess the possible long-term adverse effects of the food processing contaminant 3-MCPD on the kidney and male fertility.

Consumption levels of 3-MCPD in food are considered safe for most consumers but there is a potential health concern among high consumers in younger age groups. In the worst case scenario, infants receiving formula only may slightly exceed the safe level.

The chemical 3-monochloropropane diol (3-MCPD) and related substances called 3-MCPD esters are food processing contaminants found in some processed foods and vegetable oils, mainly palm oil. 3-MCPD and its esters are formed unintentionally in these foods, in particular during oil refining processes.

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Local panorama 2017/4

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Author: Gábor Szunyogh

 

Increasing importance of the food industry

How does the Ministry of Agriculture support the food industry, what does NÉBIH do with the food safety tax, what are the latest market trends and retail experiences? These were not the only things the professional audience could learn about at the conference of the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture (NAK) titled Food Processing and Trade, but they could also get to know a very exciting new project aimed at contributing to a boom in fish consumption with laboratory analyses and scientific research.

„Representing the interests of the food industry should play a more important role, for example, we continue to fight to restore the prestige of industrial food production, and for basic foods to have a VAT of 5%” – said Tamás Éder, vice president of NAK responsible for the food industry at the latest, Budaörs stop of the lecture series of the chamber, attracting high levels of participation, on October 24.

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Outlook 2017/4

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Author: Gábor Szunyogh


Listeria in America


Listeria has grounded certain food services in recent days for some American Airlines and United Airlines flights. Different foodservice providers are involved. In both cases, Listeria bacteria was found at food preparation areas. Flight attendants are urged to monitor themselves for symptoms of Listeria infection for the coming months. It can take up to 70 days after exposure for symptoms to develop. More than 14 tons of pork and chicken burritos and wraps recalled for Listeria: Denver’s Chelsea Food Services, known as Journey Cuisine,  is recalling approximately 28,064 pounds of pork and chicken burritos and wrap products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ready-to-eat (RTE) pork and chicken burritos and wrap items were produced on various dates.

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Local panorama 2017/3

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Author: Gábor Szunyogh

Sugar-Free Cake of Hungary Announced

The cake of Margit Varga confectioner, with no added sugar, won the Sugar-Free Cake of Hungary competition, announced each year by the One Drop of Attention Foundation, together with the Hungarian Confectioner Industry Board. The victory of Spotted Annie was announced at the Parliament, together with the announcement of the Cake of Hungary and the program of the August 20 festivities. This year again, the cake was analyzed WESSLING Hungary Kft., operator of an independent food testing laboratory.
The Sugar-Free Cake of Hungary competition, open to all confectioneries and catering businesses, was announced for the sixth time by the One Drop of Attention Foundation and the Hungarian Confectioner Industry Board. 


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Outlook 2017/3

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

European discussion about contaminated eggs

Until August 18, it had been announced by fifteen EU member states and two non-EU countries that eggs contaminated with insecticides had been found: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden, as well as China and Switzerland.
The insecticide Fipronil is used in veterinary medicine for animals not used for human consumption (dogs, cats) for the control of blood-sucking parasites. For the time being, it is unclear why the drug was mixed in the disinfectant used at Dutch egg farms.

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Local panorama 2017/2

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Author: Zsuzsa Frum

 

Important change in the compulsory markings on food vending machines


 

Starting from April 1, 2017, on food vending machines selling non-prepackaged products, it is also mandatory to indicate allergenic substances. This modification does not affect machines that offer prepackaged foods (e.g., chocolate, sandwiches), in this case the information is still provided to customers on the packaging of the food.

In the case of coffee, tea and other beverages sold from food vending machines, the names of the products could be read next to the buttons. In addition, if they contained sweeteners, this had to be indicated (for example, “Chocolate cappuccino with sweeteners” or “Lemon tea with sugar and sweeteners”), as well as the presence of azo dyes.

Starting from April1, 2017, the list of substances and products present in the finished product, or causing allergies or intolerance, is added to the mandatory elements. The requirement can be met by listing the allergens next to the name of the product (e.g., “contains milk”), or by a code system, the explanation of which is clearly legible in a separate table placed on the machine.

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Outlook 2017/2

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Authors: Réka Zanathy , Gábor Szunyogh 

 

EFSA: safe infant formulas


Follow-on formula with a protein content of at least 1.6 g/100 kcal made from either cow or goat’s milk is safe and suitable for infants living in Europe, EFSA says. Current EU legislation sets the minimum protein content at 1.8 g/100kcal.

For the scientific assessment, EFSA considered the dietary protein requirements of infants from 6 to 12 months of age, the protein content of breast milk during the first year of lactation, protein intake from dietary surveys in healthy European infants, and two specific studies.

EFSA concluded that follow-on formula with a protein content of at least 1.6 g/100 kcal from intact cow’s or goat’s milk protein, otherwise complying with the requirements of relevant EU legislation, is safe and suitable for healthy infants living in Europe.

EFSA also considered follow-on formulae containing protein from other sources than cow or goats’ milk. The available data did not allow EFSA to establish the safety and suitability of follow-on formulae with a similar protein content made from soy protein isolates or protein hydrolysates.

 

Source: https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/170511-0

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Local panorama 2017/1

Monday, March 20, 2017

Author: Zsuzsanna Frum


New apple varieties introduced by NÉBIH


15 new, resistent apple varieties from domestic orchards were presented to experts and apple-lovers at the apple variety introduction of the Na­tional Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH) in Buda­pest. At the professional roundtable discussion opening the event, representatives of the sector shared their experience about the significance and possibilities of resistant apple varieties, and then sensory testing of the new variety candi­dates was carried out by the experts and “lay” apple-lovers.

The apple is our unique fruit, in which high nutri­tion physiological values are present together with outstanding organoleptic values. Consumption and organoleptic values of new apple varieties are checked by NÉBIH each year in sensory tests. This time, 15 resistant apple varieties, coming from the experimental stations of NÉBIH and from domestic orchards, were introduced by the authority.

Domestic apple production can rely on a very wide range of apple varieties. A significant role is played by the growing of resistant apple varieties, which is the most innovative trend in variety production in the wold right now. Their significance lies in the fact that they permit a reduced use of chemicals, they are eminently suitable for ecological and bio production, therefore, they make production of an even healthier fruit possible, while using more environmentally friendly technologies. The use of resistant apple varieties is very diverse: as a food industry raw material, baby food and fruit juice is made from them, among other things, but varieties suitable for fresh consumption are also grown.

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Outlook 2017/1

Monday, March 20, 2017

Authors: Réka Zanathy, Gábor Szunyogh


Frozen turkey dog food recalled for Listeria; people also at risk 

 

 

Blue Ridge Beef is re­calling its frozen, raw turkey pet food from retailers in four states because it a poses a danger to people and their animals because of possible Listeria monocytogenes con­tamination. This recall was initiated with FDA inspection and sam­pling of the product,” according to the com­pany’s recall notice.

“Listeria can affect an­imals eating the prod­uct and there is a risk to humans from han­dling contaminated pet products, espe­cially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after hav­ing contact with the products or any sur­face exposed to these products.”

Consumers who have purchased the above lot of turkey for dogs are urged to stop feeding them and re­turn products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Or dispose of them immediately.

It can take up to 70 days for symptoms of Listeria infection to develop after expo­sure. Symptoms in­clude nausea, vomit­ing, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. It is particularly dan­gerous for pregnant women, the elderly, children and people with compromised im­mune systems.

https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/news


 

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Local panorama 2016/4

Monday, December 05, 2016

Author: Gábor Szunyogh


Scientific promotion of food safety

 

The independent testing laboratory WESSLING Hungary Kft. participated at Researchers’ Night, organized on September 30, with sev­eral programs focusing on food testing and food safety.

A pepper competition was organized by our Joint Research and Training Laboratory on Separation (EKOL), operated jointly in the Lágymányos build­ing of ELTE by the university and WESSLING: interested parties could learn about the most basic tools of analytical chemistry, they could ob­serve how a real-world laboratory measurement, namely the measurement of pepper hotness, was performed. Many extremely hot peppers were submitted to the laboratory and, to the delight of the organizers, the even was also attended by numerous elementary and high school students.

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Outlook 2016/4

Monday, December 05, 2016

Author: Gábor Szunyogh

 

Recalls in America: frozen strawberries, cookies and biscuits


The International Com­pany for Agricultural Production & Process­ing (ICAPP), based in Ramadan City, Egypt, is voluntarily recalling frozen strawberries in response to the ongo­ing investigation into a multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A in the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration’s recall announcement, dated Sunday, stated that the company’s action was taken in consulta­tion with FDA because the Hepatitis A virus was detected in four lots of frozen straw­berries ICAPP ex­ported to the U.S. The federal agency added that ICAPP is work­ing closely with all of its distributors in this country to make sure that the recall is effec­tive.

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Local panorama 2016/3

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Author: Gábor Szunyogh

 
Conference on sugar consumption

A conference titled “Reducing sugar consumption: health policy objectives and possibilities in the light of nutrition science, food safety, technology and competitiveness” was organized by the Association of Food Manufacturers (ÉFOSZ) in Budapest on June 8, 2016.
The goal of the event was for speakers and participants to discuss, from as many aspects as possible, one of today’s most current nutrition science and public health topics, and also to obtain information about all the possibilities and constraints that determine manufacturer’s room to maneuver during product development.

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Outlook 2016/3

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Author: Gábor Szunyogh


Process contaminants in vegetable oils and foods

Glycerol-based process contaminants found in palm oil, but also in other vegetable oils, margarines and some processed foods, raise potential health concerns for average consumers of these foods in all young age groups, and for high consumers in all age groups.

EFSA assessed the risks for public health of the substances: glycidyl fatty acid esters (GE), 3-monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD), and 2-monochloropropanediol (2-MCPD) and their fatty acid esters.
The substances form during food processing, in particular, when refining vegetable oils at high temperatures (approx. 200°C).

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Local panorama 2016/2

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Author: Gábor Szunyogh

 
Focusing on tap water

At the round table discussion about tap water, organized by the Hungarian Water Utility Association (MAVÍZ) on the occasion of World Water Day, the answer was sought to the question, among other things, why bottled water is so popular (even though it is much more expensive than tap water), and whether chlorine and arsenic are really dangerous.
Participants at the round table discussion organized by MAVÍZ included István Joó, commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, associate professor dr. Dóra Laky of the Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Éva Major, director of water quality and environmental protection of the Budapest Waterworks, Márta Vargha, head of the water hygiene and water safety department of the ÁNTSZ-OTH, Gábor Varga, president of the Gaja Environmental Association, Lajos Zsebők, editor-in-chief of Vízmű Panoráma (Waterworks Panorama), moderator of the discussion, and Tamás János Szigeti, director of sales and business development of WESSLING Hungary Kft., a company operating independent testing laboratories.
During the discussion, participants enumerated the advantages of drinking tap water (safer, healthier, the most environmentally friendly, cheaper, always fresh), and also its disadvantages (during travels and at filling stations often mineral water is the only choice, and there is no water on the tables in the schools during the day). 

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Local panorama 2016/1

Monday, March 21, 2016

Author: Gábor Szunyogh

 

 

Butters tested by NÉBIH

 

In its January Szupermenta (Supermint) test, but­ters were inspected by the National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH). In terms of food safety, all products met the requirements, however, other irregularities occurred this time as well. Author­ity proceedings were initiated for 11 products: because of serious quality defects in the case of four, and due to labeling problems in the case of the other seven.

Based on the offering of domestic store, 33 differ­ent products of 19 manufacturers were tested by the experts of NÉBIH, and these were analyzed under laboratory conditions, for safety and quality param­eters. In terms of safety, the peroxide number was measured by the staff of the authority, an indicator of product rancidity. In this respect, there was no objectionable sample, as there were no irregularities found following the analyses to detect the vegetable oil content of the products.

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Local panorama 2015/4

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Gábor Szunyogh


Biochar instead of fertilizer 

Hungary can become the scientific and industrial knowledge center of recycled phosphate production and, within a short time, its primary international agricultural supplier in the European Union – this was reinforced by representatives of the European Commission at the international conference in Toledo, closing the Refertil project, where analytical results of WESSLING Hungary Kft. were also presented. A week later, a project closing conference was also organized in Hungary.

 

The technology and bioproducts developed and tested during the Hungarian-led and designed Refertil project extending to the 28 member states of the European Union, which ends on September 30, 2015, provide new technical, economic and environmental solutions to reduce the massive phosphate exposure of the Union in a costeffective and environmentally friendly way; to increase agricultural soil safety and phosphorus nutrient supply.

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Outlook 2015/3

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The 5 Most Dangerous Foodborne Pathogens in the USA. CA Baby Spinach Recalled for Elevated Levels of Cadmium. Chemical-Free Process Approved for Pasteurizing CA Almonds. No Reliable Scientific Evidence of Health Benefits From Raw Milk. Glyphosate: EFSA assesses IARC findings. African swine fever: EFSA recommends combined containment measures. Turkey’s Food Safety Problems Magnified by Unregistered Facilities

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Local panorama 2015/2.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Author: Gábor Szunyogh

 

Hungalimentaria, the tenth time Anniversary Hungalimentaria conference and exhibition more successful than ever. More than 300 participants and 30 exhibitors attended the conference organized by WESSLING and NÉBIH, 57 lectures were presented, and the list of participants included authority figures and most important representatives of relevant ministries, independent testing laboratories and the food industry (manufacturers, service providers, distributors)

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Outlook 2015/2.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

FDA Rejects Several Snack Products From India for Contaminants - 18 Illnesses, 2 Deaths Reported During Ohio Salmonella Outbreak - Acrylamide in food is a public health concern - New dioxins risk assessment planned, says EFSA - Pesticides and bees: call for data.  

Local panorama 2015/1

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Author: Gábor Szunyogh

 

The international conference of CCMAS was a success, The safety assessment of food chemistry, The technological discipline impaired in the hospitality industry, Innovation can break the backlog!, Hungalimentaria at tenth time! - We are all consumers, Cereal conference in Budapest!

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Local panorama

Monday, January 12, 2015

Present and future of short supply chains, possibilities of local governments

Within the framework of the Environmental Protection Month that has been organized by the French Institute in Budapest for years, this year’s international conference was held on November 13, 2014, one of the main messages of which was that almost anyone can be involved in short supply chains (SSC), because the age of separation is over: even big super­market chains are interested in SSC now.

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Outlook - 4. issue

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pesticides in New Zealand baby food - According to a recent analysis of a government study, New Zea­land baby food contained nearly 800 times more pesticides than baby food in Europe. The analy­sis results and the perceived risks to New Zealand babies were presented Thursday to the parliament in Wellington by Dr. Meriel Watts of the Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa and Alison White of the Safe Food Campaign. Their comments were in support of a 4,300-sig­nature petition presented to the New Zealand Parliament earlier this year calling for zero toler­ance of pesticides in baby food.

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Outlook - 3. issue

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Author: Gábor Szunyogh


More stringent BPA classification - Increasing antimicrobial resistance - Pesticides and protected crops – EFSA presents environmental risk assessment guidance - Eating out behaviours - Canada: no concerns for acrylamide - New Zealand: Potentional for Hepatitis A in some Fruit - USA: Salmonella data available for all - Germany: Less Salmonella in turkey and turkey meat - Hong Kong: Low level radioactivity in Japanese tea bag

 


 

Outlook - LX. 1. issue

Monday, March 24, 2014

Emergency access to vaccine for hogs, new regional labeling provides, swine disease appeared in Lithuania,EU:New Year, new challenges, beef product tests, use of spotters to help, official meat inspection in slaughterhouses, reducing sodium in restaurant, Caffeine in Food and Dietary Supplements, new standards for plant genebanks, promote sustainable fisheries. Review.

 

 
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