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Food contamination control in European new Member States and associated candidate countries: data collected within the SAFEFOODNET project.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19365759     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
Silvia Maggioni; Emilio Benfenati; Claudio Colosio; Angelo Moretto; Ott Roots; Stavroula Tasiopoulou; Sara Visentin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental science and health. Part. B, Pesticides, food contaminants, and agricultural wastes     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1532-4109     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Sci Health B     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-14     Completed Date:  2009-08-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7607167     Medline TA:  J Environ Sci Health B     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  407-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Data Collection
Environmental Pollutants / analysis
European Union*
Food Analysis / standards*
Food Contamination / prevention & control*
International Cooperation*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Environmental Pollutants

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