Title: Semicarbazide in Baby Food: A European Survey
Citation: European Food Research and Technology vol. 224 p. 141-146
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC33426
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC33426
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The concentration of semicarbazide (SEM) in baby food packed in glass jars with lids sealed with plastic gaskets was determined in more than 100 samples, produced in eleven European countries, and purchased at local supermarkets in fourteen countries. The method used for the analyses has been recently validated in a collaborative study. A correlation between the measured SEM concentration and the type food (fruit, vegetables, meat and combinations of those) was found. The lowest values of SEM were found in samples containing only fruit with a mean concentration of 5.5 ± 3.8 µg/kg. Some brands were characterised by low levels of SEM regardless of the composition. The levels of SEM found were comparable for the different countries of production. Both, high and low semicarbazide levels were found among organic and conventional samples.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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