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Food safety: contaminants and toxins.

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This textbook covers the recent developments in the chemistry, biochemistry and physiological effects of contaminants that might have an impact on human health and welfare. It also discusses risk management and regulatory issues. It contains 19 chapters that are divided into 4 sections. The first part includes chapters on plant and microbial toxins that may contribute to common cases of food aller...


Chapter 17 (Page no: 373)

Radionuclides in foods: the post-Chernobyl evidence.

This chapter discusses the radioactivity in foodstuffs after the Chernobyl accident: reference levels of radioactivity in foods (iodine-131, caesium-134, 137, strontium-90), time-dependent transfer of radiocaesium to foods, risk assessment and risk management. Studies prior to the accident are also presented.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Plant toxins and human health. Author(s): Spencer, P. S. Berman, F.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 25) Bacterial pathogens and toxins in foodborne disease. Author(s): Johnson, E. A.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 47) Shellfish toxins. Author(s): Gago Martínez, A. Lawrence, J. F.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 65) Mycotoxins in cereal grains, nuts and other plant products. Author(s): D'Mello, J. P. F.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 91) Pesticides: toxicology and residues in food. Author(s): Cabras, P.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 125) Polychlorinated biphenyls. Author(s): Arnold, D. L. Feeley, M.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 153) Dioxins in milk, meat, eggs and fish. Author(s): Fiedler, H.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 175) Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in diverse foods. Author(s): Guillén, M. D. Sopelana, P.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 199) Heavy metals. Author(s): Jorhem, L.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 217) Dietary nitrates, nitrites and N-nitroso compounds and cancer risk with special emphasis on the epidemiological evidence. Author(s): Eichholzer, M. Gutzwiller, F.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 235) Adverse reactions to food additives. Author(s): Simon, R. A. Ishiwata, H.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 271) Migration of compounds from food contact materials and articles. Author(s): Petersen, J. H.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 293) Veterinary products: residues and resistant pathogens. Author(s): Paige, J. C. Tollefson, L.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 315) Prion diseases: meat safety and human health implications. Author(s): Hunter, N.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 329) The safety evaluation of genetically modified foods. Author(s): Gasson, M. J.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 347) Genetically modified foods: potential human health effects. Author(s): Pusztai, A. Bardocz, S. Ewen, S. W. B.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 391) Radionuclides in foods: American perspectives. Author(s): Baratta, E. J.
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 409) Widespread and continuing concerns over food safety. Author(s): D'Mello, J. P. F.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Winfrith Technology Centre, Dorchester DT2 8ZD, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2003
  • ISBN
  • 9780851996073
  • Record Number
  • 20033074704