Local panorama 2016/4

Tuesday, November 29, 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.

Also for the high school age group was announced the only chemistry competition of Researchers’ Night at the Klebelsberg Cultural Center, and the co-organizer this time was WESSLING Hun­gary Kft. volt. During the exercises and experi­ments, organizers tried to draw attention to the role played by chemistry in everyday life, using witty and demonstrative tools. Here are some of the topics: wine counterfeiting (detection of glycerol with copper sulfate), the chromatogra­phy of food dyes, preparation and operation of a breathalyzer, detection of the urease enzyme content of soy flour, recognizing counterfeit sour cream and weight loss products, preparation of a lemon battery. The success of the competi­tion is indicated by the fact that many students submitted applications and came for all over the country (Hódmezővásárhely, Kecskemét, Buda­pest, Debrecen, Nyíregyháza, Vác, Győr), and the winners were awarded valuable gifts, offered by WESSLING Hungary Kft.

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