Food Contamination

This topic was moderated by Cheng-Ming Chang, Ph.D. and Yi-Chen Chen, Ph.D. and featured four lectures.

 

Ching-Cheng Chang, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, National Taiwan University, Taiwan gave a presentation entitled, “The Emerging Food Contamination Issues and Policy Implications in Asia-Pacific Region.” Dr. Chang emphasized that regional collaboration and information sharing between countries in the Asia Pacific is essential to preventing food contamination and mitigating food safety risks, especially in light of recent food safety challenges in various Asia Pacific countries.

 

Alexander Mathys, Ph.D., Head of Bioeconomy, The German Institute of Food Technologies, Germany discussed bacterial spore control by innovative multi-hurdle technology concepts. Dr. Mathys stated that new processes need to be developed to minimize the impact of the intensity of food processing on the quality of food products. Dr. Mathys suggested that these solutions be combined with assessments of physical and chemical challenges in order to promote adequate bacterial spore inactivation or inhibition during the shelf storage period for processed foods. This innovative concept utilizing multi-hurdle technology can greatly help to control bacterial spore contamination and ensure safe processed foods.

 

Alexander Panin, Ph.D., Director, The All-Russian State Center for Quality and Standardization of Veterinary Drugs and Feed, Moscow, Russia discussed food security and food safety and the role of veterinary services. Dr. Panin discussed the growing global population and predicted that due to this increase, there will be a 50% increase in consumption of animal protein by the year 2020. In order to meet this growing demand, Dr. Panin highlighted the importance of developing new approaches to control the safety of animals consumed for food, in order to promote food security and ensure a safe global food supply.

 

Jae-Hyung Mah, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Food and Biotechnology, Korea University, Korea discussed the safety of fermented soybean products and the occurrence of biogenic amines. Biogenic amines are nitrogenous compounds produced by microbial amino acids in various foods which may cause disease in humans. Dr. Mah addressed possible situations in which biogenic amines can accumulate in fermented foods, and noted that fermented soybeans particularly can contain abundant dietary amino acid precursors of biogenic amines, though most often this contamination is within acceptable levels.

 

Investigation into dioxins in eggs is to focus on feed

Source: Taipei Times (http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/05/02/2003669810)

Staff writer, with CNA

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An investigation into dioxins that contaminated eggs from a Changhua County chicken farm is focusing on chicken feed after ruling out water, air and soil as the source of contamination, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said on Sunday.

The Hung Chang Chicken Farm last week supplied dioxin-tainted eggs to a Miaoli County store, council officials said.

The farm changed management two months ago, the council said, adding that the family that runs the farm had been making the feed.

On Friday, more than 42,000 chickens were culled and incinerated by the county’s Department of Agriculture and Animal Disease Control Center, as well as about 15 tonnes of eggs.

Meanwhile, of the 8,962kg of eggs that were removed from store shelves as a precautionary measure, 3,730kg were free of dioxins and have been released for sale. The rest are to be destroyed, the Food and Drug Administration said on Friday.

Tests found 2.88 picogram/gram (pg/g) and 3.34pg/g of dioxin in two eggs from Hung Chang farm, above the permissible level of 2.5pg/g. One picogram is one trillionth of a gram.

Dioxins, a group of highly toxic and potentially carcinogenic chemicals, are pollutants produced as a result of human activity, such as burning garbage, and can accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals.

Dioxins can damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and can cause cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, according to the WHO.

On April 21, the FDA ordered eggs from three farms in Changhua County’s Fangyuan Township (芳苑) be removed from store shelves as a precautionary measure after excessive levels of dioxins were found in an egg from the area.

After investigation, two of the three farms were cleared and Hung Chang farm was identified as the source of the problem.

The owners of the other two farms are demanding government compensation for loss of revenue.

TAFP held 2017 Annual Meeting & Dietary Supplement Forum on March 30

Taiwan Association for Food Protection (TAFP) is the 48th international branch of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). TAFP opened the annual meeting with a greeting speech by Ms. Fwu-Chyn Hsueh, a senior researcher of Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA), Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan.

Regarding the Dietary Supplement Forum, TAFP invited Ms. Pei-Ju Chou, the Session Chief of Food Safety Division, TFDA, to give a 30-min speech with a 10-min Q&A Session on “The regulations of Health Food in Taiwan”. Two additional speakers, which are Mr. Hiroaki Hamano, Advisor, ILSI Japan, and Mr. Daniel Tracy, Regular Manager, Global Regulatory Affairs, NU SKIN International, Inc., also presented regulatory frameworks of Japan and the US, respectively.

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