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03Feb 2017

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Phytocontrol Laboratory will be present on February 8th, 9th and 10th at the Fruit Logistica show in Berlin.

About 3000 exhibitors and 70.000 visitors are expected this year for this world high mass of the sector Fruit and Vegetables.

This show covers every sectors of fresh fruit and vegetable and supplies a complete image of the last innovations, products and services.

Historically present since its creation, asserting its implication in the service of the Fruit and Vegetables sector , Phytocontrol will expose again within the french hall.

So we invite you to come to meet our teams on our stand A-02, Hall 22

24Jan 2017

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In 2015-2016, EFSA and European Union member states worked together to collect data for the monitoring and evaluation of chemical products in food. This report deals with various topic related to food safety:

-        Pesticide residues:

In 2014, 83,000 samples were analysed by the 28 EU member states, Iceland and Norway through national monitoring programs. 778 different pesticides and metabolites were tested. 97.1% of the samples tested were compliant with MRLs, which is in line with previous years. The pesticides that most often exceeded MRLs were: chlorpyrifos, carbendazim, dimethoate, acetamiprid, imidacloprid, anthraquinone, iprodione, fosetyl-Al, hexaconazole, cypermethrin, profenofos and dithiocarbamates.

The program coordinated by the EU covered a total of 213 pesticides: 191 in food of plant origin and 58 in food of animal origin, in 12 different matrices.

It was concluded that for the majority of the samples analysed, short-term exposure (acute risk) could be judged negligible or not likely to pose health problems for consumers, but a possible short-term risk to the health of consumers could not be totally excluded. EFSA believes, however, that the pesticide residues in this program do not pose a risk to consumer health in the long-term (chronic risk). More information

-        Veterinary drug residues in animals and in food:

The data collected in 2014 on the 730,000 samples analysed shows high levels of compliance, even if the non-compliance rate of the targeted samples increased slightly over previous years (.37%; contaminants in question: metals and mycotoxins) More information

-        Acrylamide in foodstuffs:

With the data collected between 2010 and 2013, CONTAM scientists were able to confirm previous studies that found that acrylamide in food potentially increases the risk of cancer for consumers of all ages. The types of food that contribute the most to acrylamide exposure are fried potato products, coffee, biscuits, bread and toast. The choice of ingredients, the storage method and the cooking temperature can influence the quantity of acrylamide formed in the various food products and thus the level of exposure.

EFSA and the member states published an infographic with tips for reducing the level of acrylamide in food, accessible through the following link: here 

-        Fatty acid esters of glycidol and 3-MCPD in vegetable oils and foodstuffs:

The highest concentrations of fatty acid esters of glycidol (GE) and of 3-MCPD and 2-MCPD (including the esters thereof) were found in palm oil and palm fats, followed by other oils and fats. Nevertheless, the scientific panel’s review revealed that the levels of GE in palm oils and palm fats were cut in half between 2010 and 2015, due to voluntary measures adopted by producers. More information

Click here to see the complete EFSA report

And be sure to check out these two videos from EFSA:

-        Pesticides in the food industry

-        Process contaminants

In addition, EFSA has just revealed its new database: OpenFoodTox, available here!

This tool compiles the data on more than 4,000 chemical substances and more than 1,600 EFSA scientific opinions published since 2002.

04Jan 2017

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 The glyphosate is a phytosanitary product absorbed by leaves, classified in the category of weed-killers. It is a non-selective systematic weed-killer, called “total”, the most used in the world for the agricultural, urban and industrial weeding. It degrades mainly in grounds. We also find it in the water, the rivers and in groundwaters.

The glyphosate can be present, according to the conditions, under three forms (acid, monovalent, divalent):

3 formes

 

The LMR (Maximal Limit of Residue) of the glyphosate include these three forms, and vary according to the type of matrices. A single cation of its salts is regulated this day, the sulfosate. During its degradation, the glyphosate generates a known metabolite: the aminométhylphosphoniq acid(or AMPA).

AMPA

Phytocontrol answers the statutory criteria by making analyses:

- Of the glyphosate (and of its product of degradation the AMPA) under COFRAC accreditation,

- Of the sulfosate or the Trimethylsulfonium cation resulting from the use of glyphosate.

19Dec 2016

Actu prélèvement eaux

After of the development of its pole Hydro, Phytocontrol Laboratory has just received the national approval of the Ministry of Health for the realization of the takings and the analyses of the health control of waters. This approval carries on:

- The analysis of waters intended for the human consumption, with the exception of natural mineral waters,

- The analysis of waters of swimming pool and bathings (fitted out bathings and other bathings).

Consult the detailed impact of the approvals

14Dec 2016

Actu-BPL

After many years of development and with research expertise of residues and their métabolites of degradation, the new site Phytocontrol, specially designed and dedicated to the GLP activities, just to be recognized in compliance with the Good Laboratory Practice.

Two activity are covered by this GLP certification: validation of methods and residue analysis.

To accompany you in the elaboration of your files for the registration of your new plant protection products, your files of renewal or within the framework of an extension of use, the set of our GLP teams provides you with its expertise and gives you access from now on to a wide range of service dedicated:

  • Validation of analytical methods according to SANCO/825/00 and SANCO/3029/99 guidance in every type of matrices (plant, animal, environmental, agro-food processing, ecotoxicologic matrices and Operator exposure).
  • Inter Laboratory Validation
  • Monitoring (every types of water)
  • Dislodgeable Foliar Residue (DFR)
  • Residue analysis : HS (Harvest), DCS (Decline Curve), RDCS (Reverse Decline Curve) on all crops (open field and protected))
  • Studies of the stability of molecules after freezing in vegetables (long term studies over 2 or 3 years)
  • Coordination of mono or multi-sites studies.

As a supplement to your analysis already made in the laboratory, the new GLP service of Phytocontrol claims to be able of answering your requirements in terms of reactivity, of deadline and of reliability and in the understanding and the interpretation of the results. Besides, our Logistic-cold national network assures you the total control of the routing of your samples.

Contact our GLP service

14Nov 2016

Actus-colorants

PHYTOCONTROL has the pleasure to announce you that as a supplement to your analyses already made in the laboratory, the R*D service recently developed an innovative method of analysis allowing the research for 21 colouring agents forbidden in spices, condiments, sauces and food were consisted in the human food supply.

The method was developed in LC-MS / MS with limits of quantification from 0.01mg / kg according to colouring agents.

Among the studied forbidden colouring agents, you will find in particular the various SUDAN, the ORANGE II or still the RHODAMINE B who are frequently the object of European alerts.

The regulation (EU N°1333 / 2008) and its modifications supply a list of food coloring agents the use of which is authorized in certain foodstuffs. Any colouring agents not included in this list are forbidden.

For any technical, tariff and/or statutory information, do not hesitate to contact your regional Phytocontrol agency.

18Oct 2016

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The SIAL in Paris is an international fair which gathers the actors of the industry, the distribution, the businesstrade, the catering and the buyers around the stakes and the innovations of the food-processing industry.

During this event, 7000 exhibitors are represented. It also welcomes more than 155 000 visitors who come from all around the world.

Come to find us on our stand located in Hall 7: 7 F 295 in the Exhibition center Paris-Villepinte !

 

30Sep 2016

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ANSES has just published September 28, 2016 a study on baby food.
Total Diet Studies (EAT) ANSES aim to monitor population exposure to a large number of substances in food, pesticide residues, environmental contaminants, newly formed compounds, toxins natural, additive, or trace elements, etc.
The diet of less than 3 years were screened and nearly 670 substances were search.
Although results obtained confirm a good level of control of health risks to the potential presence of contaminants in food, 16 substances were found to be disturbing.
For 9 substances, situation calls for particular vigilance. These are substances for which a significant number of children has a greater exposure to toxicological reference values:
- Inorganic arsenic
- lead
- nickel
- PCDD / F
- PCB
- Mycotoxins T-2 & HT-2
- acrylamide
- Deoxynivalenol
- furan
Concerning these substances 9, ANSES recommends establishment or strengthening of management measures to limit exposure levels (management policy environmental releases, process control, mounting regulatory or reduction of existing thresholds thresholds ).

For 7 other substances, the risk can not be ruled out:
- Aluminium
- Cobalt
- Strontium
- Methylmercury
- selenium
- Cadmium
- Genistein in soy consumers
For substances for which the risk can not be excluded or could not be assessed, the Agency recommends to acquire complementary knowledge.
We invite you to read the report of this study directly on the site of the handles to the following link:

https://www.anses.fr/fr/content/l%E2%80%99anses-passe-au-crible-l%E2%80%99alimentation-des-enfants-de-moins-de-trois-ans