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EFSA is the EU risk assessment body for food and feed safety. It provides independent scientific advice to risk managers. As the risk assessor, EFSA produces scientific opinions and advice to provide a sound foundation for European policies and legislation and to support the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States in taking effective and timely risk management decisions.
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Food Additives and Contaminants
Food Additives and Contaminants: Part A publishes original research papers and critical reviews covering analytical methodology, occurrence, persistence, safety evaluation, detoxification and regulatory control of natural and man-made additives and contaminants in the food and animal feed chain. Papers are published in the areas of pesticide and veterinary drug residues, environmental contaminants, natural toxicants, mycotoxins, trace elements, migration from food packaging, food processing contaminants, authenticity and allergenicity of foods. Papers are published on animal feeds where residues and contaminants can give rise to food safety concerns. Contributions cover chemistry, biochemistry and bioavailability of these substances, factors affecting levels during production, processing, packaging and storage, the development of novel foods and processes, exposure and risk assessment.
Chemosphere is an international journal designed for the publication of original communications as well as review articles. Chemosphere, as a multidisciplinary journal, offers maximum dissemination of investigations related to all aspects of environmental science. Chemosphere is divided into sections:
The mission of Toxicological Sciences, the official journal of the Society of Toxicology, is to publish premier peer-reviewed, hypothesis-driven, original research articles in all areas of toxicology.
Food and Chemical Toxicology
Food and Chemical Toxicology publishes original research reports and occasional interpretative reviews on the toxic effects, in animals or humans, of natural or synthetic chemicals occurring in the human environment. In addition to studies relating to food, water and other consumer products, papers on industrial and agricultural chemicals and pharmaceuticals are encouraged. Furthermore new areas such as safety evaluation of novel foods and biotechnologically derived products and inter-relationships between nutrition and toxicology are welcomed. The studies may address the physiological, biochemical or pathological changes induced by specific substances, techniques for assessing potential toxicity, including molecular biology
or the mechanisms underlying toxic phenomena.
Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology (JESEE)
Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology (JESEE), is a peer-reviewed publication that publishes research important to exposure assessment for toxic substances, environmental epidemiology that includes a strong exposure analysis component and related disciplines that advance the exposure assessment process. JESEE also publishes papers on exposure analysis such as measurements and modeling; mechanisms of exposure; development of molecular biomarkers; genomic, proteomic, and metabonomics studies that assess exposure in the context of health effects; studies on chemical, biological, and physical principles required to analyse human exposure from single and multiple routes; occupational exposure studies; and population based studies. JESEE is the official publication of the International Society of Exposure Analysis (ISEA).
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Organohalogen Compounds Database
Proceedings from the Dioxin XXXX series of conferences are freely available via a fully searchable on-line database. This is an excellent source of material relating to dioxins and other persistent organic pollutants.
CONffIDENCE - Contaminants in food and feed: Inexpensive detection for control of exposure
The CONffIDENCE project aims to further improve food safety in Europe by the development of fast and cost-efficient methods for the detection of a wide range of chemical contaminants in different food and feed commodities.
MoniQA - Monitoring and Quality Assurance in the Food Supply Chain
MoniQA brings together 33 organisations from around the world that are working together to help food manufacturers, retail outlets and regulatory bodies to cope with the challenges posed by a globalised food economy. In particular, MoniQA is establishing common methods and standards in food analysis.
BIOCOP - New technologies to screen multiple contaminants in foods
Monitoring for Chemical Contaminant monitoring in foodstuffs is a highly important and complex issue. As fresh demands from consumers and regulators grow to improve the food quality and safety, the need for improved technologies has never been greater. BioCop's innovative techniques will screen for multiple chemical contaminants in food to better support and ensure this goal.
A Workshop on Dioxins and PCBs was held by the National Reference Laboratory for Food and Feed on 26th February 2009 at CSL. The speakers were experts from the UK (Food Standards Agency, CSL, West Yorkshire Joint Services and FAPAS) and The Netherlands (BDS).
Eat well, be well: Dioxins
The FSA is responsible for ensuring the public is adequately protected against chemicals that might transfer into food causing harm or affecting the quality of food. It uses food and animal feed surveys to find out more about what foods make the highest contribution of dioxins and PCBs to the diet and to check that controls are adequate. It undertakes dietary surveys to monitor progress and to identify areas where more work is needed. It also carries out research to gain a better understanding of how dioxins and PCBs enter the food chain in the first place.
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