I wonder a lot why, with advancing age, it seems that the daily time available to us is getting less and less. I think that the speed with which time passes is inversely proportional to extent of human expectations: eagerly awaited events seem to delay, and then the few blissful moments of fulfilment slip away with the speed of light into the carnival of the world. However, March has finally arrived – again: “Opening its rosy bosom, Spring descends to our meadow on tepid air. Zephyrs float on its balmy curls, And drink perfume.”1
Well, after these lyrical thoughts, what’s in store for our Readers in Issue no. 1 of 2017 of the renewed ÉVIK!
Our periodic column is here again: two professional books are presented. One of them is edited by Árpád Ambrus and Denis Hamilton (Food Safety Assessment of Pesticide Residues), while the other one is authored by János Csapó et al. (Food counterfeiting and its detection).
Our lead material is a paper from the pen of Ádám Tölgyesi and Virender K. Sharma about the analytical methods of steroids used for veterinary purposes, a group of compounds that has been in the focus of the attention of both professionals and the general public for decades. Steroidal preparations are used as yield enhancers all over the world. Their food safety effects have been proved to be of concern, therefore, their application in the EU is prohibited. Instrumental analysis methods of these compounds are compared by the authors.
In terms of their importance and the concerns they raise, pesticide residues do not fall far behind veterinary drugs. The manuscript of Árpád Ambrus et al. discusses the issue of the uncertainty carried by reference solutions used in pesticide analysis (working solutions, analytical calibration solutions). Weighing errors and repeatability limitations that experts performing the analyses must face when using “accurate” laboratory glassware and analytical balances give us food for thought.
Globalization makes its presence felt not only in the news, in finance and fashion, but it also results in a converging of foods and eating habits of the continents. Thus, the application for food industry use of the seed of a plant native to South America, the chia (Salvia hispanica L.) ended up in front of the EU Commission. Ágnes Kemenczei et al. write about the possible use of chia seed as a novel food.
László Sípos et al. present another manuscript on “instrumental” analysis. In their paper, they write about the revision methods of the analytical performance characteristics of the analyst operating the detectors of organoleptic tests, i.e., the individuals performing sensory evaluations. I would like to point out here that many papers can be found among the previous articles of our scientific journal that raise the prestige of sensory evaluation methods to that of instrumental analysis methods, and rightly so.
I would also like to draw the attention of our esteemed Readers to the Downloadable documents” section of the www.eviko.hu website, pointing to the large tables and lists of the previous articles of ÉVIK that can be downloaded. The tables of contents of the books in our periodic column “Book review” can be found in the same column of our website as well.
I trust that each and every one of you will find interesting articles in our spring issue. Wishing you happy holidays and a blessed Easter:
Dr. Tamás János Szigeti
1 Dániel Berzsenyi: The Spring