Domestic Panorama 2020/1



Author: Gábor Szunyogh

SUMMARY

How to produce better food? More specifically: what substances are released from packaging materials into food? Why do we need to regularly test for pesticides and the toxins produced by tiny fungi? How can we arrest – within a day even – a microbiological contamination? The questions above were answered by the experts of a food-testing laboratory at a conference organised on the side-line of the “Sirha Budapest 2020 Exhibition”.

The QualcoDuna programme now offers even more The annual closing conference of the QualcoDuna proficiency - exam assessing the results of the last year - took place amid great interest in Hotel Aquaworld in Budapest in January. The more than 50 year old programme opens up new opportunities to its participants in 2020 as well.

Laboratory adventures in the Knowledge Centre It is now for the sevenths year that a Hungarian testing laboratory opens its gates to young generations. So far, the lab - strictly closed to the general public - welcomed the winners of Hungary’s first online chemistry competition. For a year, laboratory adventurers have been able to pay visits to the lab as a result of an application procedure. Chromatography, food-tests, tiny plastics are just some of the topics discussed over the last months.

There may be more micro-plastics in nature than what we thought In a Research and Development project now closing, an independent laboratory worked out a method resulting in significantly more accurate and reliable indicators to be used in micro-plastic projects than before: the actual micro-plastic concentrations in our waters might be 3-5 times higher than we had previously thought. Following similar findings in the River Tisza and the River Danube, the experts of WESSLING Hungary Kft. – heading the research project – managed to identify micro-plastics in Lake Balaton and in the River Zala as well.

 


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