JRC News

  1. 5 Feb 2016

    JRC Scientists have developed a method of analysis for specific compounds that indicate  the irradiation treatment of cashew nuts and nutmeg. The method was compared to the European standard method, EN 1785:2003 and it demonstrated to be  more rapid, less resource consuming and more sensitive.

  2. 2 Feb 2016

    For years scientists have been working on systems to better classify organisms using genetic "barcodes", i.e. DNA sequences that are used as unique identifiers for each species and that are found at specific locations of their genomes. For plants, for example, the currently used DNA barcodes are found in the plastids, small organelles within the plant cells that carry out photosynthesis. The genome of the plastid is very small in comparison to the plant genome, which has made the identification of DNA barcodes easier.

  3. 26 Jan 2016

    JRC scientists contributed with a chapter on "The European Union Reference methods database and decision supporting tool for the analysis of genetically modified organisms: GMOMETHODS and JRC GMO-Matrix".

  4. 21 Jan 2016

    The JRC supported DG SANTE in the organisation of coordinated EU monitoring plans to assess the authenticity of fish and honey purchased in the European Union. The outcome of the study confirms the need for further testing and control.

  5. 15 Jan 2016

    Scientists from the JRC-hosted European Reference Laboratory for PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) tested 94 food supplements including botanical, oil and bee products collected from the European market for the presence of four EU marker PAHs. The monitoring study showed significant variability in PAH levels. The highest values were found in propolis extracts and other bee products, whereas fish edible oil supplements had significantly lower levels.

  6. 14 Jan 2016

    Scientists from the JRC, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Leoben (Austria), the Atomic Centre Bariloche (Argentina) and Umicore (Belgium) developed a novel approach for the production of an Al-Au alloy certified reference material (CRM). This CRM is necessary for the quality assurance of results using neutron activation analysis for trace element determination which is applied for e.g. environmental monitoring.

  7. 12 Jan 2016

    JRC-scientists have compiled an overview of regulatory aspects, the occurrence in food, and analytical methodology used for monitoring of 16 priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as classified by the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

  8. 5 Jan 2016

    In the frame of hosting the European Reference Laboratory on Feed Additives, JRC scientists investigated the applicability of non-destructive techniques such as mid-infrared (MIR) and near infrared (NIR) microscopy for the characterisation of coccidiostats-containing feed additives. The application demonstrated that these methods have the potential to distinguish different feed additives from each other even when containing the same active substance.

  9. 18 Dec 2015

    In collaboration with researchers from various European Institutions and China Agricultural University, JRC scientists applied and compared various analytical strategies to gain insight into the origin of distiller's dried grains and solubles (DDGS) which are leftovers from bio-ethanol production. The authentication of materials used in livestock is important to ensure quality and safety of animal feed.

  10. 14 Dec 2015

    The latest MARS crop monitoring Bulletin, published today, reports that the significantly higher-than-average temperatures experienced by much of central, eastern and northern Europe since the end of November has helped winter crops to become established, but has also impeded their build-up of frost tolerance, leaving them exposed to frost kill should temperatures suddenly turn to normal seasonal values.