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Information Statement (PDF) | November 2011
3-MCPD (3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol) is the most commonly occurring of a group of contaminants known as chloropropanols. First identified as a contaminant of acid-hydrolyzed vegetable proteins and soy sauce, later found in other food groups. The purpose of this information statement is to provide an overview on 3-MCPD, formation and occurrence in foods, public health significance, legislation, methods of detection and industry good practice.
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Information Statement (PDF) | October 2012
*A new HTML version of this statement is also available via the promo box on the top right of this page* When the presence of acrylamide in food was first discovered in 2002, virtually nothing was known of the mechanism of its formation in food, the nature and extent of uptake from food (and other sources) by humans, and the relationship between acrylamide in food and risks to human health.
Acrylamide has, unsuspected until 2002, been part of human diets ever since foods were first prepared by cooking, thousands of years ago. Due to acrylamide's potential as a public health threat, both as a suspected carcinogen and a neurotoxin, many studies were rapidly initiated, with extensive cooperation/collaboration among several countries.Having regard to the accumulated evidence, the IFST Scientific Committee has now concluded that the point has been reached where it is appropriate to issue this IFST Information Statement.
Information Statement (PDF) | May 2008
Millions of people worldwide are infected with the HIV/AIDS virus. IFST addresses some of the concerns there may be about people with HIV/AIDS working in the food industry and provides important advice to employers, food handlers and the general public.
Information Statement (PDF) | March 2011
The purpose of this statement is to provide the reader with a brief overview to many of the relevant issues of the current debate. It describes some of the current approaches to cloning together with the implications to the welfare of the cloned animals and their offspring. It considers the regulatory aspects in the UK , the EU and elsewhere and reviews the safety of food from cloned animals. Furthermore the ethics of cloning and the public attitudes to cloning are explored.
Information Statement (PDF) | March 2007
There is a plethora of news about the spread of avian influenza H5N1 strain. This Information Statement, while providing scientific background to avian influenza, aims to concern itself closely with the potential food and food safety implications. However, it also takes in information relating to planning for coping with a potential human pandemic because of the likely severe impact of the latter on the growing/rearing, manufacture and distribution of food.
Information Statement (PDF) | November 2004
This Information Statement covers the background and scientific research investigating the possible causes of BSE and vCJD and their treatment. It includes information on modes of transmission of BSE, and transmission in sheep and primates as well as vCJD incidence in humans. An analysis of the situation in other countries is also provided along with a summary of the legislative controls and other measures across the EU.
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Information Statement (PDF) | October 2007
Campylobacters occur widely as part of the intestinal flora of many warm-blooded animals and birds, particularly chickens and turkeys, and can be carried in animals that are used for food production and in domestic pets. In addition, they also occur in untreated water and raw milk. Evidence indicates that the most important risk factors for food-borne infection are consumption of undercooked poultry (particularly chicken), and other meat, unpasteurised or inadequately pasteurised milk and food that has been cross-contaminated.
Information Statement (PDF) | April 2008
Cryptosporidium infection can be serious. It is usually transmitted by contaminated water, infected animals, person-to-person contact or contaminated food. This IFST Information Statement explains the background to the concerns about cryptosporidium, the nature of the infection and the life cycle of the organism, Cryptosporidium parva. Control and detection measures are discussed and advice for food handlers provided.
Information Statement (PDF) | July 2013
The growing importance of the protozoan parasite, Cyclospora cayetanensis, as a cause of food borne infection is described. Outbreaks so far have occurred mainly in the USA and have been linked to the consumption of soft fruits and salad greens. The microbiological safety of such fresh fruit and salad vegetables depends on the avoidance of contamination with pathogenic microorganisms at all stages of production, most particularly in the field. IFST outlines the measures needed to avoid such contamination and stresses the need for improved reporting mechanisms.
Information Statement (PDF) | April 2007
This Information Statement gives an overview of current legislative and nutritional thinking on dietary fibre. It provides useful definitions and summarises the different methods of analysis for determining dietary fibre. It also explains why the results from different methods of analysis are not comparable and outlines current legal requirements with respect to claims for dietary fibre. The nutritional and health benefits of including dietary fibre in the diet are outlined and the concept of prebiotics explained.