Chewing Over Food Analysis
Recently, we got round the table to sample the views of five experts on the future of food analysis. Is separation science still the greatest thing since sliced bread, or are there bigger fish to fry? Whether you find their views to be the cream of the crop or nutty as a fruitcake, they’ll certainly provide you with food for thought.
Hans-Gerd Janssen, Yolanda Pico, Michele Suman, Rudolf Krska, Michel Nielen |
What are the hot potatoes in food quality and safety?
Michele Suman: In general, we need to pay more attention to food fraud and the associated risks – issues that are strongly related to globalization of the market and economic crises. I also see a number of more specific issues. There should be an increased focus on allergens and genetically-modified organism (GMO) issues. Regarding chemical contaminants, emerging and masked mycotoxins present a complex challenge in terms of analysis and risk assessment. We must also continue to be vigilant on the impact of veterinary drugs and pesticides; their widespread use has consequences for raw materials and finished products. Additionally, advanced industrial technologies are introducing new issues, such as those related to nanoparticles. Finally, there is the ongoing issue of food packaging materials: the absence of toxicological evaluations and harmonized/comprehensive legislation platforms suggests that risks connected with the specific migration of substances from packaging into foodstuffs will remain a major topic for the next decade.
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