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Fidget Spinners – Is Nickel Inside?

18.09.2017 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

The so-called Fidget-Spinner is becoming a must-have object on many school playgrounds. These multi-faceted toys can be easily rotated with the fingers by spinning „wi ...

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Residues and Contaminants in Processed Foods, Mushrooms, Cereals and Potatoes, 2016

31.08.2017 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

In 2016, in addition to 1,736 samples of fresh vegetables and fruit from conventional production, 413 samples of processed foods, mushrooms, cereals and potatoes from  ...

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Rat Owner Dies from Leptospirosis: Was his Cuddly Pet Rat the Source of Infection?

07.08.2017 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

The owner of a rat died from leptospirosis. Where could he have caught this serious infectious disease? Possibly from his own pet?

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Residues and Contaminants in Fresh Vegetables from Conventional Cultivation, 2016

03.08.2017 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

In 2016 a total of 883 samples of fresh vegetables from conventional cultivation were analyzed by CVUA Stuttgart for residues of over 700 different pesticides, pestici ...

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Residues and Contaminants in Fresh Fruit from Conventional Cultivation, 2016

27.07.2017 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

In 2016 a total of 853 samples of fresh fruit from conventional culti-vation were analyzed by CVUA Stuttgart for residues of over 700 different pesticides, pesticide m ...

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Residues and Contaminants – How We Assess

10.07.2017 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

CVUA Stuttgart has been publishing its reports on pesticide residues in plant-based foods on the Internet since 2003. These reports have often occasioned commentary an ...

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Is Vegan Food Also Free of Residues?

05.07.2017 | Hot topic of CVUA Stuttgart

Vegan foods are currently very much in trend – the shelves of many German supermarkets boast of vegan products. Vegan foods contain no animal parts, and are often grow ...

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Aloe Leaves – The Self Preparation of Aloe Gel at Home is Risky

01.06.2017 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

Currently whole aloe leaves are on offer in shops. According to the labeling, these leaves are from the species “aloe vera barbadensis miller”. The gel-like inner part ...

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Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids on Everyone’s Lips – in Mead, too?

31.05.2017 | Report from a day in the lab of CVUA Stuttgart

The fact that high amounts of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) contained in tea, herbs and honey can cause health problems has been known for a long time. But what about  ...

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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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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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