With Issue 1, Volume LXIV. of ÉVIK, our editorial board has begun its fifth year of operation. Thanks to your interest and, of course, to our authors, our journal seems to be getting stronger. We are referenced more and more often, our scientific articles are read by many people. Issue 1 is always prepared with spring in mind. According to Béla Hamvas „… For the extroverted man… spring is a liberation like no other. Impressions are multiplied a hundredfold and deepened. European people either all healed by spring, or they die.” Well, we believe in continued strengthening, so after the gloomy winter, we plan our work with renewed vigor, since we already prepare for our summer issue.
The leading material of our March issue deals with the “main character” of the latest European Union regulation to come into force, acrylamide. According to the regulation, maximum permissible amounts of the genotoxic transformation product of the Maillard reaction in foodstuffs produced by heat treatment from raw materials containing proteins and carbohydrates together, have to be limited, starting from April 11. Compliance with the freshly established limit values will be monitored by the authorities, and producers and distributors of objectionable products will be sanctioned. In our publication, you can read about the processes that result in the compound, its toxicological characteristics, methods of analysis, and current European limit values. Naturally, some laboratory test results are also published.
The economic situation produced by the scandal of August 2017 when eggs contaminated by the insecticide fipronil were placed on the market is analyzed by Sarolta Barna et al., and, in particular, consumer behavior as a response to the scandal. According to the survey of NÉBIH, thanks to the consistent communication activity of the authority, the trust of Hungarian consumers in eggs and egg-containing foods was not significantly reduced.
In his literature review, György Bíró writes about the effects of fructose, one of the common macroscopic ingredients of human nutrition, on human metabolism. Fructose participates in metabolic processes that are fundamentally different from those of glucose. Glycogen is produced from excess glucose by the liver, while fructose is stored in the liver mainly in the form of triglycerides. Physiological effects of fructose are analyzed in the paper based on this.
Ildikó Szedlják and Vanda Kubus report on the analytical results of the baking, sensory and shelf-life characteristics of snack products made from pseudocereal type raw materials, buckwheat and amaranth, suitable for the replacement of wheat flour. The products prepared by them are expected to offer a solution to the consumption of impulse products primarily to consumers who are sensitive to gluten, without adverse metabolic effects.
In our 2018 spring issue, a new column is launched on an experimental basis. Edited by Diána Bánáti, short abstracts of foreign scientific journals are published. From the journals Food and Chemical Toxicology and Packaging Technology and Science a brief excerpt each is given on the uncertainty of toxic exposures to consumers and the application possibilities of nanotechnologies in packaging technology, respectively.
I wish our Readers a happy wait for spring, a good reading and a blessed Easter. We still look forward to your comments and advice via e-mail, phone or even in person.
Dr. Tamás János Szigeti
 Béla Hamvas: Winter plan. In: Laurel grove book. Ed. Antal Dúl. p. 108. Medio Kiadó, Budapest, 2015.