Leverage Modern Analytical Methods and Instrumentation to Protect Consumers from Pesticide Residues

101830_15794754_XL2Considering the current level of extensive international food trade, food safety has become a significant global issue. Many people are increasingly concerned about chemical residues in their foods. Hundreds of pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, are among the most hazardous chemical compounds extensively applied in agriculture to increase food production. They are intended for destroying and controlling pests, weeds or plant diseases. Pesticide application is strictly regulated to protect consumers and the environment. However, the misuse of pesticides, lack of good agricultural management and/or cross-contamination during food processing, storage or transportation may result in unwanted or even illegal pesticide residues in foods. Some compounds, such as polychlorinated pesticides, have been banned for crop use but they are still present in the environment due to their long-term persistence and can bioaccumulate in the food chain. There is evidence that chronic exposure to pesticides can cause health risks to humans even at trace concentrations, for instance having adverse effects on endocrine system or causing behavior modification. Continue reading

FDA Takes Final Step On Manufacturing Standards of Infant Formula

FDA Takes Final Step On Manufacturing Standards of Infant FormulaAn estimated 1 million infants in the U.S. are fed formula from birth, and by the time they are three months old, about 2.7 million rely on formula for at least part of their nutrition.

On June 9, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a final rule regarding the manufacturing standards of infant formula. The final rule—which amends the FDA’s quality control procedures, notification, and record and reporting requirements for manufactures of infant formulas—is meant to ensure that formulas for infants without unusual medical or dietary problems are safe and support healthy growth. The rule also establishes current good manufacturing practices (CGMPs), and sets a date of September 8, 2014 for manufacturer compliance. Continue reading

Brand Protection in Food and Dietary Supplement Industries Requires Expertise and Experience [Infographic]

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Did you know that Covance offers nutritional chemistry and food safety testing and consulting? As a matter of fact, 15 of the 20 largest global food companies choose to work with Covance.  Covance is trusted not only by our clients but by regulators and industry experts. Covance is used as a dispute resolution lab for the FDA, and we have developed more AOAC INTERNATIONAL official chemistry methods for food than any other lab. Our nutritional chemistry labs have also won more accuracy awards from the American Association of Cereal Chemists the last two years than any other US-based laboratory.

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