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Chemical Contaminants in Food

  • Ingemar Pongratz
  • Katarina Pettersson
  • Malin Hedengran Faulds
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Abstract

In Western societies today, the issue of food consumption has evolved from a relatively short chain of trading between producer and consumer to a complex chain of different parties. Today, food consumption includes large-scale production, time-efficient handling, transport, and packaging of food. Before the different food items reach consumers, many different steps, persons, and industrial processes have occurred that in many respects may alter the composition of food. However, food is not only an industrial sector but a source of well-being, joy, and depending on the consumption pattern, a source of health or disease.

Notes

Glossary

Bisphenol A:

A chemical often used in different plastics

Chemical Contaminant:

Often referred to as trace amounts of man-made industrial or residual chemicals present in food

Dioxin:

Highly toxic Environmental pollutant

Furan:

Closely related to TCDD with similar properties

Nuclear receptors:

Proteins that mediate the biological effects of hormones

Plasticizer:

A chemical used in plastic

Teratogenic:

A chemical compound capable of inducing birth defects

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingemar Pongratz
    • 1
  • Katarina Pettersson
  • Malin Hedengran Faulds
  1. 1.Karolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden

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