Dioxin food safety crisis in Germany

January 24, 2011

Thermo Fisher Scientific?s Global Food Safety Response Centre in Dreieich, Germany has announced that it is monitoring the dioxin crisis in Germany where animal feed additives may have been tainted with industrial fats containing the toxic chemical.

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Global Food Safety Response Centre in Dreieich, Germany has announced that it is monitoring the dioxin crisis in Germany where animal feed additives may have been tainted with industrial fats containing the toxic chemical. The company is also alerting manufacturers and food safety labs that it has existing methods for detecting dioxins in food and animal feed.

“Our scientists are actively monitoring the food safety crisis to see what role it can play in reducing the severity of the existing crisis and helping in case of future contamination,” said Vincent Paez, of the Thermo Fisher Global Food Safety Response Centre. “In the meantime, we are making our methods for dioxin detection available through our website to anyone who needs them.”

As a result of the recent food crisis in Germany, where more than 4500 farms were reported to have closed, the European Union officials have already called for stricter regulations and more severe penalties, putting increased pressure on food manufacturers to use more sensitive detection instrumentation.

"Through a combination of our TSQ Quantum XLS triple quadrupole GC–MS–MS and DFS High Resolution GC–MS we believe we have the necessary scale and expertise to help during this and future crises,” added Paez. “Our goal is to help manufacturers and labs respond today with the necessary sensitivity and accuracy required to stay ahead of the crisis and on top of the situation as it evolves.”

For information on methods for detecting dioxin in food and animal feed visit www.thermoscientific.com/fsrc