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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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Analysis of Paper Packaging for Anthrachinone

22.08.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

In 2014 testers from the German consumer magazine Stiftung Warentest detected the carcinogen anthrachinone in black tea [1]. In addition to pesticides in the tea leave ...

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Ceramic Ware at Christmas Markets – Ask for a Declaration of Conformity

18.08.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

Cups, plates, bowls and many other ceramic items are sold every year at Christmas markets. But what consumers don’t know is that every sale of a ceramic food-contact p ...

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Rats, Bites, Fever – Rat Bite Fever – a Rarely Documented Pathogen is the Focus of a Successful Collaboration

24.06.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

Streptobacillus (S.) moniliformis is one of the causal agents of the so-called rat bite fever. Infections with Streptobacillus have been seldom diagnosed in humans,  ...

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Toad in Spinach

25.05.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

The consumers were looking forward to a delicious lunch with spinach, which they had purchased frozen, packed in individual portions. After boiling, the spinach was pu ...

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Fresh Vegetables from Conventional Cultivation: Residues and Contaminants in 2015

12.05.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

In 2014 a total of 916 samples of conventionally grown fresh vegetables were analyzed at CVUA Stuttgart for the presence of over 700 different pesticides, pesticide me ...

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Fresh Fruit from Conventional Cultivation: Residues and Contaminants in 2015

10.05.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

In 2015 a total of 813 samples of conventionally grown fresh fruit were analyzed at CVUA Stuttgart for the presence of over 700 different pesticides, pesticide metabol ...

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Lungworm in Dogs: a Mortal Danger, also in Baden-Württemberg

20.04.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

Lung infections in dogs resulting from lungworms have been rare in Baden-Württemberg. Until now. One case that has re-cently come to our attention has raised concern t ...

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Residues and Contaminants in Processed Foods, Mushrooms, Cereals and Potatoes, 2015

19.04.2016 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

In 2015, in addition to 1,729 samples of fresh vegetables and fruit from conventional production, 338 samples of processed foods, mushrooms, cereals and potatoes from  ...

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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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