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  1. Food Contact Materials: Working together for safety and innovation in Europe

    30 Sep 2015 The Ministry of Health in Luxembourg is organising a Food Contact Materials conference on the 30 th September in Luxembourg-City as part of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference is bringing together different repr ...

    06 August 2015

  2. Food contact materials

    What are food contact materials? Food contact materials comprise all materials and articles that come or are intended to come in contact with food, e.g. food packaging materials, kitchen utensils, tableware and food processing equipment. They can be made ...

    01 September 2015

  3. Consumer products

    Consumers are in daily contact with a variety of products such as cosmetics, kitchenware or textiles. The safety of these is of primary concern for producers and legislators. The European Commission aims at the highest possible level of consumer protectio ...

    30 April 2014

  4. Safety of tattoos and permanent make-up State of play and trends in tattoo practices

    The European Commission launched the 18-month project "Tattoos and Permanent Make-up" with the aim of collecting data about the use, the ingredients, the EU market and possible health problems associated to tattoo and permanent make-up (PMU) ink ...

    29 May 2016

  5. Urban food consumption and associated water resources: The example of Dutch cities

    Full self-sufficiency in cities is a major concern. Cities import resources for food, water and energy security. They are however key to global sustainability, as they concentrate a rapidly increasing and urbanising population (or number of consumers). In ...

    27 May 2016

  6. JRC scientists combine the use of in vitro systems and post-genomics techniques to study the effects of nanomaterials

    17 Feb 2016 Researchers from JRC have recently developed a multi-omics approach for the assessment of potential human health risks of nanomaterials used e.g. in consumer products or for medical applications. The methodology was applied to study the effect ...

    17 February 2016

  7. CERTIFICATION REPORT The certification of different mass fractions of MON-Ø4Ø32-6 in soya bean seed powder Certified Reference Materials ERM®-BF410dn and ERM®-BF410gn

    This report describes the production of two Certified Reference Materials (CRMs), ERM BF410dn and ERM-BF410gn, which are certified for their GTS 40-3-2 soya bean event mass fractions. These materials were produced following ISO Guide 34:2009 [1] and are c ...

    04 May 2016

  8. NanoBiotechnology laboratory

    The JRC has up-to-date equipped laboratories to investigate nanomaterials safety as well as the detection, identification and characterisation of nanomaterials in food and consumer products. Its work focuses on a science-based understanding of nanomateria ...

    30 April 2014

  9. Guidance for the identification of polymers in multilayer films used in food contact materials: User guide of selected practices to determine the nature of layers

    This guidance describes how to characterize the composition of a multilayer plastic film for food packaging, with respect to the consecutive order of the layers and their identity. It provides necessary background information on the general composition of ...

    15 April 2016

  10. Precision criteria of methods for the quantification of metals migrated from Food Contact Materials: Pre-validation data derived from ILCs on elements representative for plastics and ceramics

    Precision criteria for the quantification of metals in acetic acid 3% and acetic acid 4% migration solutions for different analytical techniques were calculated and are presented in this report. They were derived from two interlaboratory comparisons (ILC0 ...

    13 April 2016

  11. Innovative analytical techniques for improved antimicrobial agents

    10 Dec 2015 The emergence of antimicrobial resistance is a threat which is increasingly causing serious health problems to EU citizens and there is a pressing need to develop novel classes of antimicrobial agents. In the search for a solution to this prob ...

    10 December 2015

  12. Method for the detection of nano silicon dioxide in tomato soup

    01 Dec 2015 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 ...

    01 December 2015

  13. Detecting silver nanoparticles in consumer products

    13 Nov 2015 Detecting the presence of nanoparticles in consumer products is an enduring challenge for analytical laboratories. Although many different techniques can potentially be used to measure the dimension of objects smaller than a 1/10000 of a milli ...

    13 November 2015

  14. Systematic analytical characterization of new psychoactive substances: a case study

    New psychoactive substances (NPS) are synthesized compounds that are not usually covered by European and/or international laws. With a slight alteration in the chemical structure of existing illegal substances registered in the European Union (EU), these ...

    11 March 2016

  15. JRC scientists join the Researchers’ Night

    25 Sep 2015 Researchers’ Night, a popular science event, marks its first decade across the EU and neighbouring countries. On 25 and 26 September, JRC scientists talk about their work to young and old and why science matters in Milan, Turin, Varese and Sev ...

    25 September 2015

  16. Multimethod approach for the detection and characterisation of food-grade synthetic amorphous silica nanoparticles

    Synthetic amorphous silica (SAS) has been used as food additive under the code E551 for decades and the agrifood sector is considered a main exposure vector for humans and environment. However, there is still a lack of detailed methodologies for the deter ...

    25 February 2016

  17. Does the water footprint concept provide relevant information to address the water–food–energy–ecosystem nexus?

    This paper is a perspective paper, which investigates whether the water footprint (WF) concept addresses the water–food–energy–ecosystem nexus. First, the nexus links between (1) the planetary boundary freshwater resources (green and blue water resources) ...

    04 March 2016

  18. Correlation of volatile carbonyl yields emitted by e-cigarettes with the temperature of the heating coil and the perceived sensorial quality of the generated vapours

    E-liquids generally contain four main components: nicotine, flavours, water and carrier liquids. The carrier liquid dissolves flavours and nicotine and vaporises at a certain temperature on the atomizer of the e-cigarette. Propylene glycol and glycerol, t ...

    02 April 2016

  19. Training on the use of diffusion modelling to predict migration from plastic

    15 Apr 2010 to 16 Apr 2010 The migration of substances from plastic materials to contacting media obeys in most cases the law of diffusion because the diffusion process is the rate determining step. Due to advanced understanding of the mass transfer proce ...

    27 November 2014

  20. Workshop on sensory science for food contact materials safety

    29 Nov 2011 On 29 th of November 2011 a workshop was organised on the "Sensory science for food contact materials safety". The scope of this workshop was to give an overview of the state of the art of sensory testing in the framework of Article ...

    27 November 2014

  21. The role of psychological and physiological factors in decision making under risk and in a dilemma

    Different methods to elicit risk attitudes of individuals often provide differing results despite a common theory. Reasons for such inconsistencies may be the different influence of underlying factors in risk-taking decisions. In order to evaluate this co ...

    05 February 2016

  22. Towards plant species identification in complex samples: a bioinformatics pipeline for the identification of novel nuclear barcode candidates

    Monitoring of the food chain to fight fraud and protect consumer health relies on the availability of methods to correctly identify the species present in samples, for which DNA barcoding is a promising candidate. The nuclear genome is a rich potential so ...

    31 January 2016

  23. JRC Web Platform on Nanomaterials

    http://ihcp.jrc.ec.europa.eu/our_databases/web-platform-on-nanomaterials The JRC web platform on nanomaterials is a compilation of links to information sources relevant to nanomaterials. It offers a structured access to information from very different sou ...

    30 April 2014

  24. Food flavourings, food additives and food contact materials exposure tool

    FACET Download the FACET exposure tool The JRC's FACET exposure tool is a downloadable software to estimate consumers' exposure to food flavourings, food additives and substances that can migrate from food contact materials into food. It contain ...

    30 April 2014

  25. Consumer Markets Scoreboard: refinement, further development and analysis of micro-data

    The present report addresses the refinement and further development of the Consumer Markets Scoreboard (CMS). The main objectives of the report are: i) to provide a comprehensive review of the theoretical framework and methodology behind the CMS, and to a ...

    24 January 2016