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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.
The complexity and broad range of our food supply chain requires sophisticated analytical methods and strategies of detection.
Explicit knowledge related to appropriate methods of analysis, composition of food commodities and ingredients, DNA sequence information, spectral fingerprints, etc, is a prerequisite for forensic work to detect adulterated food and provide evidence for litigation.
A paper describing a new evaluation of cross sections for neutron interactions with 238U was selected by Europhysics News as a nuclear physics highlight from papers published in European Journals.
Amidst growing concerns over the low uptake of flu shots in Europe, scientists from the Italian National Research Council and the JRC confirm that vaccinations remain the best way forward when it comes to stopping the spread of infectious diseases.
It's an option that is nearly always more effective than either doing nothing or attempting to contain an outbreak through quarantine.
Under normal circumstances, the most effective way to prevent illness is to vaccinate according to national immunisation schedules.
JRC publishes every month a summary of articles on Food Fraud and Adulteration, content is retrieved mainly from the JRC tool Medisys