Written by respected scientists from around the world, Environmental Contaminants in Food presents examples of research activities devoted to ensuring that the input of contaminants into foods is minimized. Chapters detail methods of modern instrumental analysis with specific analytes, with risk assessment, and, uniquely, with sensory assessment and tainting.
An essential text for food producers, quality assurance personnel, and government agencies
Ultimately the source or cause of food contaminants is of relatively minor relevance to consumers, who are more concerned with acute or chronic toxicological effects of exposure to a contaminant. In contrast, food producers and government agencies should strive to minimize environmental contamination of food by studying the uptake, depuration, and movement of contaminants through the food web; by monitoring food products and the environment; and by establishing protocols and legislation to minimize exposure of end users to contaminants in their food. This volume is directed at food scientists and technologists; ingredients suppliers; quality assurance personnel; analytical chemists and public analysts; and chemists and microbiologists working within environmental health laboratories.
Table of Contents
Preface, C.F. Moffat and K.J. Whittle
Introduction, C.F. Moffat and K.J. Whittle
Quantification, Sensitivity and Quality Control
Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectroscopy Techniques, T. Win
Quantitative High Performance Liquid Chromatography Methods, K.-H. Kim and W. Hawer
Advances in Immunochemical Methods of Analysis for Food Contaminants, P. Wright
Types and Sources of Inorganic and Organic Environmental Contaminants and Residues in Food
Radionuclides, K. Mondon
Heavy Metals, F.E. Ahmed
Pesticides and Herbicides, J. Hajslova
Veterinary Residues, G. Shearer
PCBs, Dioxins and Other Polyhalogenated Hydrocarbons, D. Wells and J. de Boer
Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Petroleum and Other Hydrocarbon Contaminants, C.F. Moffat and K.J. Whittle
Tainting, P. Howgate
Sourcing Reliable Information on Environmental Contaminants in Food and Assessing the Hazards
The Value of Data Bases, F.E. Ahmed
Risk Assessment, S. Brooke-Taylor, P. Abbott, and J. Baines
"…deals with the important and timely food safety issue of environmental contaminants in food. …The methodology, source, occurrence, significance, risk assessment and regulatory standards for these environmental contaminants are discussed and the information can be used as reference material by food scientists, technologists, ingredient suppliers, quality assurance personnel, analytical chemists, regulatory scientists, administrators and those in positions to advise the public, industry or government. …Each chapter was well referenced and the index allowed easy access to specific topics."
- Dr. Yukio Kakuda, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph, in Food Research International, 2002