Micro- and macro-element contents of several commercial fruit juices purchased from marked were determined by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy. Among the minor elements determined, Zn, Cu, Mn, Mo, Co, Cd and Ni were found to be lover. Major mineral contents of fruit juices were established as Ca, K, Mg and P. The potassium contents of fruit juices were determined at the higher levels. K contents of fruit juices ranged between 475 mg/kg (B apricot) and 1478 mg/kg (B peach).

Formalin, a harmful chemical, has been found in fish being sold in the market, a study of the Central Food Laboratory said.

New Delhi: Next time you decide to buy your favourite sweets like b o o n d i k a l a d d o oor r a s b a r ibe sure that they are safely prepared.

Legumes are widely used in many cropping systems because they share their nitrogen fixation products and phosphorus mobilization activities with their neighbors. In the current study, however, we showed that co-cultivation with legumes increased cadmium (Cd) contamination in the adjacent crops. Both field and mesocosm experiments indicated that legumes increased Cd levels in edible parts and shoots of four neighboring crops and five maize varieties tested, regardless of the Cd levels in the soil.

In Sri Lanka, the quality of drinking water is at the base of all theories linked with Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDue). In many studies, trace metals (especially arsenic) in the environment have been identified as a major geoenvironmental factor contributing to the etiology of renal damage.

‘Those handling food in hotels have to disinfect hands as per standard procedure’

The Arabian delicacy shawarma can be the carrier of toxin producing Staphylococcus bacteria if handled carelessly, said M. K. Mukundan, an expert on food safety and director of the Konni-based Council for Food Research and Development. The food item remains banned following the death of a Thiruvananthapuram-based youngster owing to food poisoning allegedly after consuming a shawarma.

The government has extended ban on import of milk and its production from China for one more year.

A notification to this effect was issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade late Monday evening which says that milk and its products would continue to be banned from China until June 23, 2012 or further orders, whichever is earlier. The prohibition of import includes chocolates and chocolate products and candies/ confectionary/ food preparations with milk or milk solids as an ingredient.

The present study was carried out on stored rice variety PAU 201 in Punjab that was not permitted for milling and public distribution due to the presence of damaged grains at levels exceeding the regulatory limits of 4.75 per cent. The aim of the study was to determine fungal and aflatoxin contamination in the rice samples to assess hazard from the presence of damaged grains.
Presence of iron in discoloured rice grains was also assessed.

The country’s top food regulator’s advisory to extend ban on milk and milk products from China for another one year from June 24 is yet to be notified by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (D

Experts investigating why 14 children died in Dinajpur and Thakurgaon this month with almost identical symptoms believe that pesticides used in litchis could be the reason for their deaths.

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