Domestic panorama 2019/1

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Author: Gábor Szunyogh


If it’s April, it’s Hungalimentaria

One of Hungary’s most important food safety conferences and exhibitions, Hungalimentaria will be organized again in 2019, for the 12th time. The event will take place under the auspices of Róbert Zsigó, State Secretary for Food Chain Supervision.

Hungarian fish is safe and healthy
The reassuring result of a survey carried out in Hungarian fish ponds is that, in almost all cases, the concentrations of harmful substances analyzed in fish were around the very low detection limits.

Can the taste of palinka be legally regulated?
What effect do legal regulations have on the taste and enjoyment value of palinka? In other words: is it possible that a distillate complies with all aspects of the law, but the sensory properties of the drink are still bad? How can analyses help in this matter?

Why is food hygiene important?
At the professional event of the Food Industry Directorate of the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture (NAK) organized in January and February, the goal was to promote the improvement of knowledge and efficiency of medium and large food companies. On the topics of hygiene and food safety, our editor-in-chief also gave lectures.

Glyphosate residues to be analyzed in drinking waters as well 
Starting from this January, in addition to many other pesticides, glyphosate, often disputed by professionals and NGOs alike, also has to be analyzed in drinking water. Of course, this does not mean that anyone is at risk because of the presence of the residues of this pesticide in the drinking water, but in any case, testing laboratories are faced with an additional task when carrying out water analysis according to the government decree.

Nébih news

Winter seasonal food chain inspection ends with fines of more than 8 million HUF
Rancid walnut kernels and poppy seeds with higher-than-permitted morphine levels were found by the experts of Nébih during the winter seasonal inspection, among other things. Most of the irregularities typically resulted in a milder, written warning. The final count came in at 3,312 inspections, 117 warnings, 14 activity restrictions and 125 fines, totaling 8,065,154 HUF throughout the country.

Medicinal products for the treatment of honey bees withdrawn from teh domestic market by Nébih
The marketing and use of all production batches of the 5% solution of Oxxovar, then of the 3.2% solution of Destruktor was banned due to fipronil contamination, and the products were withdrawn from the market to the user level by the National Food Chain safety Office (Nébih). These products are used for the supplementary treatment of the varroa mite treatment of honey bees. It is important to note that the medical treatment of varroosis or its supplementary treatment can still be carried out using other veterinary drugs and medicinal products with similar indications.

100% lemon juices are safe
The complex analysis and checking of 13 lemon juices was carried out by the experts on the Supermint program of the National Food Chain Safety Office. The product tested included organic juices and juices made from concentrate. The presence of pesticides and preservatives, the vitamin and citric acid content of the products, as well as their pH value was checked by the staff of the office in the laboratory. From a food quality and safety point of view the lemon juices were satisfactory, but in 8 cases authority proceedings were initiated because of minor labeling errors.

Great Supermint mayonnaise test: what bottled sauces “can do”
In the latest Supermint test, a versatile sauce, mayonnaise was examined by the National Food Chain Safety Office (Nébih). The 22 products checked were once again broken down to their “atoms” by the experts. The presence of the plant toxin erucic acid and PAH contaminants, allergens and preservatives was investigated, among other things. The bottles sauces passed the test from a food safety point of view, however, the preservative content of two mayonnaise was slightly above the prescribed limit value.


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