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Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids in Culinary Herbs – Take Caution with Borage-Containing Herbal Mixes

22.05.2017 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

Reports of findings of liver-damaging pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), especially in herbal and rooibos teas, have become commonplace. With this in mind, in 2015 and 201 ...

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Chrome-VI in Leather Products Still a Major Issue

11.05.2017 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

Investigatory results from 380 samples of consumer goods such as clothing, shoes and jewelry accessories analyzed in the years 2015 and 2016 show that contamination wi ...

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Moringa Leaf Powder – Pesticide Residues and Dishonest Advertising Continue

21.03.2017 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

The results from moringa leaf powder analyses conducted in 2016 revealed no improvements in either the residue situation or the misleading advertisements, in compariso ...

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Analysis of Berries for Residues and Contaminants (January to August 2016)

23.11.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

Summer is so delicious! Sweet fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and also currants are loved by consumers for their fruity, fresh taste and versatility.

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Poisonous Weeds Among Salad Leaves? Ragwort Found in Arugula

07.11.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

Much that nature provides us with must be enjoyed with caution. Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea), a poisonous weed, has yet again been found in a package of arugula (rocket  ...

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Decorations that Look Like Food – Potential Danger for Children

08.09.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

In 2015 CVUA Stuttgart carried out two projects on decorative articles that, in appearance, could be confused with items of food. The articles were analyzed relative t ...

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Plasticizers in Toys and Body Contact Materials, 2015

01.09.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

In 2015 the focus of our investigations was, among others, erasers, swim shoes, massage rollers, small toys from 1-Euro stores, children’s wrist watches, Halloween mas ...

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Silicone Mold, Grater, Pasta Press – the Name of an Object Doesn’t Begin to Express its Suitability

29.08.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

In 2015 kitchen utensils investigated in the lab were found not to function as promised on the packaging. The grater couldn’t grate, the pasta machine couldn’t mak ...

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Kinetic Sand – Baking Sand Cakes at Home

25.08.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

With names such as Magic Sand, Kinetic Sand, or Crazy Sand a new type of play sand is being offered for children’s playrooms. Also ideal for the coffee break at the of ...

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Chlorate in Drinking Water – An Update

24.08.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

In order to prevent bacterial contamination in drinking water, chlorine-containing agents are often used for water treatment. Unwanted disinfection by-products such as ...

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Mandatory Consumer Notification, According to Article 40, Paragraph 1a of the Food and Animal Feed Statute

A change to the statute regarding food, consumer goods and animal feed (LFGB) came into effect on 1 September, 2012. According to Article 40, Paragraph 1a of the statute, the responsible authorities are required to inform consumers of the names of responsible parties when there is probable cause for the following: • exceedance of established limits for value, content, and amount of substances in the realm of LFGB (food and animal feed) application; • all other violations of hygiene regulations

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Organic monitoring

Since 2002 the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany has been conducting a special monitoring program of organic foods. This program of organic monitoring is part of Baden-Württemberg’s overall concept for the promotion of organic agriculture and is being carried out within the scope of its official food control. Organic foods are systematically analysed for residues of contaminants as well as the presence of genetically modified plants and irradiation.

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