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The impact of superficially porous particles and new stationary phase chemistries on the LC-MS determination of mycotoxins in food and feed
©EU, 2017
Feb 21 2017

The JRC investigated how new liquid chromatography column technology has impacted the analysis of mycotoxins in food and feed. This work constitutes part of the JRC-hosted European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Mycotoxins and aims to support the work of the EU National Reference Laboratories.

The JRC report stresses the need for better awareness and coordination between existing knowledge sources on Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal testing, for their greater impact. The JRC report stresses the need for better awareness and coordination between existing knowledge sources on Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal testing, for their greater impact.
©EU, 2017
Feb 20 2017

The JRC has carried out a study of available knowledge on the replacement, reduction and refinement (the 3Rs) of animal procedures used in research and testing to understand how supply of such knowledge can better meet demand. Findings show that although much 3Rs knowledge exists, its sharing can be improved through better coordination, communication and outreach, and by more emphasis on targeted education and training initiatives.

Despite cold conditions in central and eastern Europe, protective snow cover has helped limit frost-kill damage to winter cereals in many areas.
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Feb 20 2017

According to the February issue of the JRC MARS crop monitoring bulletin for Europe, this winter is finishing with no major constraints to winter crops. 

Method for the simultaneous determination of esterified  3- and 2-monochloropropanediol and glycidyl fatty acid esters in food Method for the simultaneous determination of esterified 3- and 2-monochloropropanediol and glycidyl fatty acid esters in food
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Feb 20 2017

JRC scientists have developed a suitable analytical method for the simultaneous determination of the process contaminants monochloropropanediol esters (MCPDEs) and glycidol esters (GEs) to be applied to a variety of food samples, including bread and rolls, fine bakery wares, smoked fish, fried and roasted meat, potato based snacks and fried potato products, cereal-based snacks and margarines.

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Feb 17 2017

The JRC  released a new seawater reference material certified for its mercury concentration. This certified reference material (CRM) was produced in support of the Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC) and will make the quality assessment of coastal waters more reliable.

ERA Progress Report 2016 Cover ERA Progress Report 2016 Cover
©European commission
Feb 16 2017

The newly published European Research Area Progress Report 2016 benchmarks country performance using a set of headline indicators, including the JRC’s ‘Adjusted Research Excellence Index’.

Nicotine and related compounds in electronic cigarette refill liquids Nicotine and related compounds in electronic cigarette refill liquids
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Feb 16 2017
JRC scientists have developed an analytical method allowing for a fast screening of nicotine and related compounds in the refill liquids of electronic cigarettes. This method will enable control laboratories to check for potentially harmful substances.
The JRC has taken part in the scientific programme of the AAAS annual meeting since 2008. The JRC has taken part in the scientific programme of the AAAS annual meeting since 2008.
©EU, 2017
Feb 15 2017
The JRC will showcase its activities in combating nuclear terrorism, spurring policy innovations and strengthening European scientific advisory structures at AAAS 2017.
Optimised method for the analysis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles Optimised method for the analysis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles
©EU, 2017
Feb 15 2017
The JRC developed a method based on field-flow fractionation for the detection of nanoparticles in a titanium dioxide material. This method has the potential to be applied for the characterisation of several non-coated and commercially available titanium dioxide materials, some of them authorised and used as feed additives in the European market.
Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP)
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Feb 14 2017

JRC scientist contributes to the definition of  a 21st-century roadmap for biomedical research which proposes the use of human-specific models and innovative in vitro technologies instead of animals.

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