We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
In a collaborative project, JRC scientists contributed to the development and validation of a method for the determination of silver nanoparticles in chicken meat; thus demonstrating the possibilities and challenges of measuring nanoparticles in food.
In a joint project with researchers from the University of Vienna (Austria) and the Technical University of Denmark, JRC scientists developed a suitable analytical approach for the detection of silicon dioxide (silica) nanoparticles in tomato soup. This method not only has the potential to monitor the fate of nanoparticles during food production but could also be used by food authorities and laboratories for control purposes.
Recent activities of the JRC hosted European Reference Laboratory for Heavy Metals (EURL-HM) had an impact on the amendment of legislation concerning cadmium in food. The EURL-HM work facilitated lowering maximum levels for baby food and supports Member States in their goal to reduce the presence of cadmium in food products.