We are going through tough times lately. During the time, when we are making the final touches on the first issue of JFI (ÉVIK) of 2020, the March sun is shining brightly outside, but behind the scenes of beautiful spring time, the army of the new, in 2019 discovered coronavirus (COVID-19) is raging. "Contending forces spread throughout the world, God’s grave is quaking in the Holy Land1." Written by the Hungarian poet, Mihály Vörösmarty nearly two hundred years ago. The battle against the pandemic may put Mankind ahead of a challenge – perhaps – never seen before, which I hope we will win with joint effort, common faith, and defeat the underhand, dangerous pathogen. We, the Editors of the JFI (ÉVIK) and the authors of our manuscripts, quietly contribute to survival by giving interested professionals the opportunity to rest behind the shield of science and knowledge during the breaks of the struggle.
The lead article of our issue of this pandemic spring was written by Árpás Ambrus et al. In the first part of the high-breathing work, an effort was made to assess the pesticide residues of the Hungarian population based on the results of testing of foods placed on the market between 2014 and 2018. They provide a brief summary of national and international rules on the use of pesticides. The second part of the paper, which deals with the assessment of mycotoxin contamination in domestic foods, is planned to be published in the 2nd edition of the JFI (ÉVIK) 2020.
János Csapó and his colleagues are publishing a paper on the topic of the falsifying of food products, which Béla Hamvas2 called, to the most vicious act of evil. Based on my former official experience, one of the most important areas of food control activity is the detection of the food adulteration and the related authority procedures. The authors write about the methods of counterfeiting milk and dairy products and the "classical" and instrumental analytical chemical methods for detecting the falsified products.
Our journals often include papers on the topic of modern instrumental methods of sensory analysis in food analytics. Such work is also the subject of a report by Sipos et al., who reports on the topic of experiments in which taste and smell perception are influenced by the visual experience of the sensory assessors. The influence is objectively measurable and verifiable.
Viktoria Szűcs et al. have prepared a manuscript about the structure of the food supply system and the– more stringent – demands on them. At the time of writing their article, they hadn’t idea that supplying safe and nutritious foods to the general public would soon be difficult due to a pandemic, a global epidemic affecting human society.
I hope that by the time this year's second issue gets into the hands of our readers, we will work together we will repel the attack of COVID-19. For this I wish all our readers perseverance, self-discipline, luck, health and good reading.
Dr. János Szigeti Tamás
editor in chief
1Mihály Vörösmarty: The Old Gypsy – Translated Alan Dixon
2Hamvas Béla: The fried soup. Patmos, Essays Volume 1 Page 96
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