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Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance

Ljilja Torović, Ljiljana Trajković Pavlović, Milka Popović
The present paper reports data on the occurrence of ochratoxin A (OTA) and aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) in breakfast cereals marketed in Serbia and interprets consequent dietary exposure. A total of 136 samples was collected in 2012 and 2015 and analysed using high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection. OTA was detected in 20.7% of the samples in 2012 and 13.0% in 2015, with 3.6% and 0% of the samples above the EU maximum level, respectively. AFB1 was found in low concentrations in 11.1% of the samples collected in 2015, mainly corn based...
February 6, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Shin-Woong Park, Jun-Hyun Jeong, Jae-Young Her, Mina K Kim, Kwang-Geun Lee
In this study, levels of benzo[a]anthracene, chrysene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, benzo[k]fluoranthene, benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), dibenzo[a,h]anthracene, benzo[g,h,i]perylene and indeno[1,2,3-c,d]pyrene in 412 food items collected from food service facilities in Korea were analysed. The concentrations of the eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) ranged 0.13-0.48 μg/kg. The concentrations of benzo[a]pyrene in all food samples were <1 μg/kg, which is the lowest maximum limit in foods regulated by European Union legislation...
February 2, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Yanxing Liu, Yan Jiang, Renjie Li, Minhao Pang, Yingchao Liu, Jingao Dong
A total of 249 maize kernel samples from 8 maize-producing provinces of China were collected after the harvest season in 2014. All samples were analysed using high-performance liquid chromatography. The incidences of FBs (FB1 + FB2) from Guizhou, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Chongqing, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, and Henan provinces were 71.4%, 73.8%, 28.0%, 52.6%, 85.0%, 87.5%, 38.1%, and 100.0%, respectively. The average concentration of FBs was 817 µg kg(-1) and the concentrations ranged from <6 to 15,252 µg kg(-1)...
January 29, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Marco Iammarino, Anna Rita Ientile, Aurelia Di Taranto
Sulphiting agents are well-known food preservatives. The European legislation does not allow their addition in fresh meat preparations. Therefore this type of food products has often been verified. To high sulphite levels in food is a health safety risk, due to toxic effects that these compounds may exercise on humans. In this study the control activity as performed by an Italian accredited laboratory from 2013 to 2015, relating to determination of sulphites in meat products, is described. Six hundred and sixty-nine meat product samples were analysed...
January 29, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Tina Jafari, Aziz A Fallah, Soleiman Kheiri, Abdolmajid Fadaei, Sayed Asadollah Amini
This survey was conducted to determine the occurrence and levels of aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) in 250 breast milk samples of lactating mothers, obtained from urban and rural regions of Shahrekord, Iran. Moreover, the association between AFM1 occurrence levels and dietary factors was assessed. AFM1 analysis was carried out using the competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay technique for screening and high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD) for confirmatory purposes. The toxin was detected in 39 samples (15...
January 29, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Sebastian Elgueta, Stella Moyano, Paulina Sepúlveda, Carlos Quiroz, Arturo Correa
To investigate pesticide residue concentrations and potential human health risk, a study was conducted in 118 leafy vegetable samples collected in 2014-2015 from the North Central agricultural areas of Chile. The pesticide residues were determined using the multiresidue QuEChERS method by gas chromatography as well as high-performance liquid chromatography. The results indicated that 27% of the total samples contained pesticide residues above the maximum residue limits of each active ingredient. The maximum estimated daily intake obtained for carbon disulphide (CS2), methamidophos, azoxystrobin and cypermethrin were 0...
January 29, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Gabriella Di Lena, Irene Casini, Roberto Caproni, Andrea Fusari, Elena Orban
Total mercury levels were measured in 42 commercial fish species caught off the Central Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts of Italy and in 6 aquaculture species. The study on wild fish covered species differing in living habitat and trophic level. The study on farmed fish covered marine and freshwater species from intensive and extensive aquaculture and their feed. Mercury levels were analysed by thermal decomposition-amalgamation-atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Total mercury concentrations in the muscle of wild fish showed a high variability among species (0...
January 29, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Vladimir Tomović, Marija Jokanović, Mila Tomović, Milana Lazović, Branislav Šojić, Snežana Škaljac, Maja Ivić, Sunčica Kocić-Tanackov, Igor Tomašević, Aleksandra Martinović
Concentrations of cadmium (Cd) were determined in the samples of 144 animals around 1 and of 144 animals around 4 years old. Cd was analysed by inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), after microwave digestion. Cd concentrations were higher (p < 0.05) in kidney than in liver and higher (p < 0.05) in older animals than in young ones. In domestic Balkan goat which was raised in a free-ranged system Cd accumulation was lower (p < 0.05) than in Alpine goat raised in an intensive production system...
January 25, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Samira Mebdoua, Mohamed Lazali, Sidi Mohamed Ounane, Sihem Tellah, Fahima Nabi, Ghania Ounane
A total of 160 samples of 13 types of fresh fruits and vegetables from domestic production and import were analysed to detect the presence of pesticide residues. Analysis was performed by multi-residual extraction followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. In 42.5% of the tested samples, no residues were found and 12.5% of samples contained pesticide residues above maximum residue limits. Risk assessment for long-term exposure was done for all pesticides detected in this study. Except chlorpyrifos and lambda-cyhalothrin, exposure to pesticides from vegetables and fruits was below 1% of the acceptable daily intake...
January 17, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Jianyang Zhang, Guicen Ma, Liyan Chen, Ting Liu, Xin Liu, Chengyin Lu
Puerh tea, as the most representative Chinese dark tea, has attracted global interest in recent years. Profiling the levels of metal elements in Puerh tea is very important since its presence is related to human health. In this study, 41 elements in 98 Puerh tea samples from Yunnan province, China including Puerh raw tea and Puerh ripe tea were evaluated by microwave digestion combined with Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). The content of toxic elements, essential elements and rare earth elements of Puerh tea from different regions was discussed in detail...
January 9, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Tomas Kral, Jana Blahova, Lenka Sedlackova, Jiri Kalina, Zdenka Svobodova
The aim of this survey was to compare total mercury (THg) in canned fish in terms of species and fishing area. A number of 110 samples of canned fish, which were divided by fish species and fishing area, were analysed. The highest THg content in muscle tissue was found in the escolar. In other fish species, the highest level was detected in tuna. Mercury content in tuna differed significantly from mackerel, sardine, and sprat. Mercury content in herring differed significantly from sprat. The order of the fish according to their THg content corresponds to their status in the aquatic food chain...
June 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Manolis N Tzatzarakis, Vasiliki Karzi, Elena Vakonaki, Marina Goumenou, Matthaios Kavvalakis, Polychronis Stivaktakis, Christina Tsitsimpikou, Ioannis Tsakiris, Apostolos K Rizos, Aristidis M Tsatsakis
Bisphenol A (BPA) is one of the most common industrial chemicals and known to exert endocrine disruption activity. The aim of this study was the quantification of BPA in food stuffs on the Greek market. The applied liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry method was validated for linearity, limit of quantification, accuracy, precision and recovery. About 41.7% of the canned solid phase samples, 25.0% of the canned liquid phase samples and 43.8% of the soft drinks were positive. Mean BPA concentrations (range) were 33...
December 11, 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Abdi Mohammed, Alemayehu Chala, Mashilla Dejene, Chemeda Fininsa, David A Hoisington, Victor S Sobolev, Renee S Arias
This study was conducted to assess major Aspergillus species and aflatoxins associated with groundnut seeds and cake in Eastern Ethiopia and evaluate growers' management practices. A total of 160 groundnut seed samples from farmers' stores and 50 groundnut cake samples from cafe and restaurants were collected. Fungal isolation was done from groundnut seed samples. Aspergillus flavus was the dominant species followed by Aspergillus parasiticus. Aflatoxin analyses of groundnut seed samples were performed using ultra performance liquid chromatography; 22...
December 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Brankica Kartalović, Nikolina J Novakov, Željko Mihaljev, Jelena Petrović, Nadežda Prica, Jelena Babić, Miroslav A Ćirković
The aim of this study was to determine the level of organochlorine (OC) pesticides in 57 samples of canned tuna and 31 samples of canned sardines in vegetable oil, collected from supermarkets in Serbia. OC pesticides α-HCH, β-HCH, δ-HCH, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), DDE, DDD, dielderin, endosulfane I, endosulfane II, endosulan sulfate, endrin, endrin ketone, heptachlor, heptachlor epoxide, lindane, aldrin, metoxichlor, cis-chlordane and trans-chlordane were determined using a GS-MS method. The highest concentrations (µg kg(-1), arithmetic means) in canned tuna were for δ-HCH (60...
December 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Rofiat Abdus-Salaam, Olusegun Atanda, Francesca Fanelli, Micheal Sulyok, Giuseppe Cozzi, Simona Bavaro, Rudolf Krska, Antonio F Logrieco, Chibundu N Ezekiel, Waheed A Salami
This study reports the distribution of fungal isolates and fungal metabolites that naturally contaminate locally processed rice from five agro-ecological zones of Nigeria. The fungal species were isolated by the dilution plate technique and identified by appropriate diagnostics, while metabolites were determined by a liquid chromatographic tandem mass spectrometric method. Aspergillus and Penicillium species were the predominant isolates found in the rice samples while Fusarium spp. were not isolated. The mean fungal count differed significantly (p < 0...
December 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Helga Tima, Anita Rácz, Zsuzsanna Guld, Csilla Mohácsi-Farkas, Gabriella Kiskó
Fusarium genera can produce trichothecenes like deoxynivalenol (DON), zearalenone (ZEN) and T-2 toxin, which can occur in feed cereal grains. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) tests of different Hungarian swine feedstuff proved that these mycotoxins were present. In this survey, 45 feed samples from 3 significant Hungarian swine feedstuff manufacturers were tested. ELISA methodology validation showed mean recovery rates in ranges from 85.3% to 98.1%, with intermediate precision of 86.9-96.9% and variation coefficients of 3...
December 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Jelka Pleadin, Jadranka Frece, Nina Kudumija, Danijela Petrović, Višnja Vasilj, Manuela Zadravec, Mario Škrivanko, Irena Perković, Ksenija Markov
The aim of this study was to investigate the occurrence of citrinin in different cereals (n = 341) and feedstuffs (n = 67) coming from farms and feed factories established in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. The highest mean citrinin concentration (103 ± 102 µg/kg) was observed in cereals sampled in Bosnia & Herzegovina during 2014, although significantly different levels between the two countries were not observed. Across the cereal samples, the maximal citrinin concentration was determined in wheat (429 µg/kg), while across the feedstuffs, the highest concentration was found in pig feed (63 µg/kg)...
December 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Helena Baša Česnik, Špela Velikonja Bolta, Dejan Bavčar, Sanja Radeka, Klemen Lisjak
Monitorting of plant protection product residues was performed in 12 grape and 66 wine samples of "Malvasia Istriana" variety, produced in Istria winegrowing region of Croatia and Slovenia. The samples were analysed for the presence of 169 different active compounds using two multiresidual analytical methods: gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry. Residues were found in 58.3% of all the inspected grape samples and in 28.8% of all the inspected wine samples...
December 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
P Brizio, A Benedetto, S Squadrone, A Curcio, M Pellegrino, M Ferrero, M C Abete
Crops intended for human nutrition and food production containing different essential trace elements, such as copper and zinc, could be contaminated by toxic metals like cadmium and lead. The interrelationship between micronutrients and contaminant trace elements in different cereals was investigated in North-western Italy, where both agricultural and industrial activities are present. Elemental concentrations in sampled cereals were assessed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Rice, oats and barley reached the highest median levels for Al, Cd and Pb content, while corn samples were less contaminated by toxic metals...
December 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
Adriana Palma de Almeida, Leda Conceição Antonia Lamardo, Luzia Shundo, Simone Alves da Silva, Sandra Aparecida Navas, Janete Alaburda, Valter Ruvieri, Myrna Sabino
A total of 134 samples, consisting of 58 wheat flour, 40 instant noodle and 36 biscuits, were analysed for the presence of deoxynivalenol (DON). The samples were obtained from retail markets of the city of São Paulo during the period 2010-2014. DON was determined by high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection and immunoaffinity sample clean-up. Method validation followed international guidelines. The LOD and LOQ were 60 and 200 µg kg(-1), respectively, considering the three different types of samples analysed...
December 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
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