Contaminants

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Contaminants

Food contamination of food is a matter of serious health concern, as the high concentration of chemicals present in the edibles poses serious health risks. Protecting the public from the degrees of the harmfulness of contaminated foods has become a daunting task. The food contamination could be due to naturally occurring contaminants in the environment or artificially introduced by the human. The phases of food processing, packaging, transportation, and storage are also significant contributors to food contamination.

Environmental contaminants are impurities that are either introduced by human or occurring naturally in water, air or soil. Food processing contaminants include those undesirable compounds, which are formed in the food during baking, roasting, canning, heating, fermentation, or hydrolysis. The direct food contact with packaging materials can lead to chemical contamination due to the migration of some harmful substances into foods. Further, use of unapproved or erroneous additives may result in food contamination.

Packing material contaminants

One important source of contamination is migration from packaging material. Main contaminants from packaging material include Bisphenol A (BPA), Dimethyl phthalate (DMP), Diethylhexyl phthalate (DEPH), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Fluorescent brightener (KSN) etc.

Heavy metal contaminants

Similar to food, drinking water is also at a risk of contaminants with serious health implications not only for the human life but also for the marine life and other organisms that consume the impure water. Drinking water sourced from groundwater can also be contaminated with heavy metals (e.g., cadmium, mercury, copper, lead and chromium) which could result in increased cases of health defects of carcinogenic and noncarcinogenic nature.

Environmental & food processing contaminants

Environmental pollutants like dioxins, food processing pollutants like acrylamide and melamine are also dangerous chemical contaminants in food.

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