Activities of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (Ispra) in the field of food analysis and consumer protection
The Food & Drug Analysis/Consumer Protection Unit of the Environment Institute is giving technical and scientific support to regulatory actions of the Commission for the preparation and implementation of European Union Directives on food, feeding stuff and cosmetics. Main subjects of the analytical work are concerned with food safety (additives, chemical and microbiological contaminants, residues, etc) and food quality (authenticity proof, detection of frauds, compliance with labelling). As a neutral and communitary laboratory, support on food legislation is focused on the harmonization of analytical methods for analysis of food, feeding stuff and other consumer goods. The coordination of analytical work helps to resolve possible technical disputes between Member States. Projects carried out on food legislation are the detection of genetically modified organisms in food and feedingstuff, quantification of vegetable fats other than cocoa butter in chocolate, determination of the botanical and geographical origin of honey, microbiological contamination of cosmetics, Detection of frauds and/or authenticity proof is carried out on wine and other alcohols, fruit juices, dairy products, spices, and edible oils and fats. Projects on food safety are concerned with mycotoxins, food packaging, irradiation, microbiology, and pesticides.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Euro Food Chem IX, Interlaken (CH) 24-26 September, 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40834 ORA
Record Number: 199711246 / Last updated on: 1997-10-10
Original language: en
Available languages: en