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Ireland Food-Safety Study Shows Low Risks from Contaminants

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said it analyzed 147 foods and beverages that reflect the population’s normal diet from 2012 through 2014.

Josh Long

April 14, 2016

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Ireland Food-Safety Study Shows Low Risks from Contaminants

The people of Ireland generally are not at risk of harm from certain contaminants found in foods, a study divulged last month.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said it analyzed 147 foods and beverages that were representative of the normal diet and consumed by the population from 2012 through 2014. The agency discovered that the population’s exposure to a number of chemicals, such as aluminum and chromium, fell below the amounts that can be consumed without an appreciable risk to health.

“Overall, the results show that the Irish population is generally not at risk from the chemical contaminants analyzed in the diet," FSAI announced in a March 15 news release. “However, in line with international findings, potential concern is identified in relation to exposure to acrylamide (a chemical formed during the frying, roasting or baking of a variety of foods); aflatoxins (natural chemicals produced by certain fungi); and, to a lesser degree, lead."

“These findings are not specific to Ireland; rather, they are of concern worldwide," the agency added.

FSAI cited continuous efforts in Ireland and internationally to reduce exposure to chemical contaminants, including review of legislation and using best practices in agriculture and food manufacturing.

Chemicals analyzed in the Total Diet Study included contaminant metals: aluminium, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and tin; essential nutrients: iodine and selenium; food additives: nitrates and nitrites; food contaminants: acrylamide, mycotoxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs); pesticide residues; and bisphenol A and phthalates, which FSAI said are present in some food contact materials.

About the Author(s)

Josh Long

Associate editorial director, Natural Products Insider, Informa Markets Health and Nutrition

Josh Long directs the online news, feature and op-ed coverage at Natural Products Insider, which targets the health and wellness industry. He has been reporting on developments in the dietary supplement industry for over a decade, with a focus on regulatory issues, including at the Food and Drug Administration.

He has moderated and/or presented at industry trade shows, including SupplySide East, SupplySide West, Natural Products Expo West, NBJ Summit and the annual Dietary Supplement Regulatory Summit.

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Education and previous experience

Josh majored in journalism and graduated from Arizona State University the same year "Jake the Snake" Plummer led the Sun Devils to the Rose Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law, was admitted in 2008 to practice law in the state of Colorado and spent a year clerking for a state district court judge.

Over more than a quarter century, he’s written on various topics for newspapers and business-to-business publications – from the Yavapai in Arizona and a controversial plan for a nuclear-waste incinerator in Idaho to nuanced issues, including FDA enforcement of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

Since the late 1990s, his articles have been published in a variety of media, including but not limited to, the Cape Cod Times (in Massachusetts), Sedona Red Rock News (in Arizona), Denver Post (in Colorado), Casper Star-Tribune (in Wyoming), now-defunct Jackson Hole Guide (in Wyoming), Colorado Lawyer (published by the Colorado Bar Association) and Nutrition Business Journal.

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