Is New Food Really Safe?

The world's population is growing, and is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. Correspondingly, the demand for food, particularly for meat, is also likely to increase rapidly.1 It is predicted that both meat and seafood consumption in an increasingly urbanised Asia will increase by another 78 percent between 2017…

Hidden “Flavours” In Your Herbal Health Products

It’s been about 10 years since authorities found the industrial chemical melamine1  in milk products that sickened many children in China. Since then, the country’s food industry has responded with national crackdowns to stop dangerous illegal additives from making their way into the nation, and into the global food market.…

Detecting “Forever Chemicals” In Food Packaging

The concept of “forever chemicals”—chemicals that do not break down once released into the environment—came as a surprise to many consumers at the release of the American legal thriller film, Dark Waters1,2,3. In this 2019 film, the real “star” might be the PFAS compound, or perfluoroalkyl substance, used in coatings…

The Role Of Non-Intentionally Added Substances In The Safety Of Plastic Packaging

Non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) refer to substances that are unintentionally incorporated into plastic packaging through a variety of processes such as the interaction between ingredients, degradation of material components or from impurities within the raw materials. And when researchers from SCIEX and the University of Almeria used non-targeted screening and…

Little Room For Mistakes: Beverage Testing To Ensure Your Drink Is Safe

There is a significant demand for powerful and rapid analytical methods that can detect very low concentrations of contaminations in beverages. By Jason Neo, director, marketing and field applications, SCIEX. The beverage industry accounts for 11 percent of the joint food and beverage industry, valued at US$365 billion. With such…

Rise Of The Super Bugs In Our Meat Products

Antibiotics are used in the livestock industry for the growth and health of the animals. With the health-related implications this can bring, it is only right that food industry players encourage and ensure antibiotic-free ingredients in their products. By Jason Neo, director, marketing and field applications, rest of Asia, Sciex
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