Food contamination control in European new member states and associated candidate countries: Data collected within the SAFEFOODNET project

Maggioni Silvia, Emilio Benfenati, Claudio Colosio, Angelo Moretto, Ott Roots, Stavroula Tasiopoulou, Sara Visentin

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Abstract

This paper reports the results obtained from the data collected within the European Commission funded project SAFEFOODNET regarding the state of the art in the control of chemical food contaminants in twelve European New Member States and one Associated Candidate Country (Turkey). Information has been gathered on institutions involved in food chemical contamination control, types of contaminants and matrices analyzed, procedures for data quality assurance, purposes of the analyses and accessibility of data in the participant countries. The resulting picture points out the general availability of adequate capabilities for the analysis of food contaminants in the laboratories in charge of control and the performance of the analysis of a large variety of chemicals (persistent organic pollutants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pesticides, mycotoxins, heavy metals, radionuclides) in almost each country with few exceptions (dioxins in Bulgaria, Turkey, Latvia, persistent organic pollutants in Lithuania and Malta, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Malta). The application of validated analytical methods and the process of laboratory accreditation are partially fulfilled within the investigated countries, but still forthcoming for some countries, as in Romania, Turkey and Malta. Information collected on food controls is only partially available online and the language used is prevalently local and English to a lesser extent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-414
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Environmental Science and Health - Part B Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2009

Keywords

  • Accreditation
  • Chemical contaminants
  • Food safety
  • Laboratory infrastructure
  • Monitoring
  • New member states

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Pollution

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