Standards for melamine, seafood, melons and dry goods

The UN established the maximum level of melamine in liquid infant formula, and new rules on food safety for seafood, melons and nuts.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A statement from the Trade Office of Costa Rica reads:

The food standards body of the UN has set new standards in order to protect consumer health, among which is the inclusion of a maximum level for melamine in liquid infant formula, food safety for seafood, melons and dry fruits.

Melamine: two years ago the Codex commission adopted a maximum level for melamine in 1 mg / kg for infant formula powder and 2.5 mg / kg for other foods and feeds, the Commission has now established a new ceiling 0.15 mg / kg in liquid infant formula. Melanin is also used to make tableware, kitchen utensils, among other things, so the new limit will allow governments to determine if the levels detected are the result of unavoidable contamination which do not cause health problems or deliberate adulteration.

Dry goods: Aflatoxins are a variety of mycotoxins produced by molds which are toxic and (at high levels) carcinogenic present in dried fruits, spices and cereals if they are not stored properly. The Commission has agreed to a maximum safety limit of 10 micrograms per kilogram for dried figs, as well as instructions for performing sampling.

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In the European Union the maximum level of perchlorate in fruits and vegetables is 0.5 mg / kg, and 0.2 mg / kg in citrus fruits, tubers, grapes, spinach, melons and watermelons.

From an article by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):

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Market for Healthy Snacks

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Dried fruits flakes in boxes containing combinations of pineapple, mango, strawberry, apple and orange, are becoming increasingly popular in the UK.

A statement from the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) reads:

The British company Nim's has found a favorable reaction among British consumers to a new product, dehydrated fruit made via a process which removes a greater amount of moisture resulting in fruit flakes. According Nimisha Raja, founder of the company, "this new presentation is more convenient for consumers because it eliminating the traditional stickiness and mess of dried fruit which you used to get with some packages", said Raja.

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