AERU AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH UNIT
 

Chemicals in food and feed

A key output of agricultural systems is food and thus there is scope food products to contain chemicals that are used during production and processing and/or contamination of feed used for livestock. There is also scope for potential contamination from chemicals used in packaging. Understanding potential issues and impacts of this nature often requires collating significant amounts of scientific data to form an evidence base that can then be used to steer policy and management decisions. AERU have undertaken a variety of projects in this area including livestock feed additives; artificial sweeteners; and Bisphenol A in food packaging, all of which have required collating, analysing and synthesising state of the art data and knowledge on these topics.

Projects

Publications

  • Lewis, K.A. and Tzilivakis, J. (2019) Implementation of the evidence-based risk assessment for the re-evaluation of Bisphenol A: preparatory work on cross-sectional studies. European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy.
  • Lewis, K.A. and Tzilivakis, J. (2019) Inventory and synthesis of the biological and toxicological data received in response to the call for data on sweeteners. European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy.
  • Lewis, K.A. and Tzilivakis, J. (2019) Review and synthesis of data on the potential environmental impact of artificial sweeteners. European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy.
  • Lewis, K.A., Tzilivakis, J., Green, A. & Warner, D.J. (2015). The potential of feed additives to improve the environmental impact of European livestock farming: A multi-issue analysis. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability13(1): 55-68.
  • Lewis, K.A., Tzilivakis, J., Green, A., Warner, D.J., Naseby, D., Stedman, J.A. and Chilcott, R.P. (2015) Preparatory work to support the re‐evaluation of botanically defined feed flavouring additives. EFSA Supporting Publications, 12(2), 760E. DOI: 10.2903/sp.efsa.2015.EN-760
  • Lewis, K.A., Madden, A., Tammam, J., Tzilivakis, J. and Vafeiadou, K. (2014) Final evidence report as part of preparatory work for the setting of Dietary Reference Values for magnesium, copper, and phosphorus. EFSA project report for NP/EFSA/NUTRI/2014/01 Lot 2.
  • Lewis, K.A., Madden, A., Tammam, J., Tzilivakis, J. and Vafeiadou, K. (2014) Final evidence report as part of preparatory work for the setting of Dietary Reference Values for sodium and chloride. EFSA project report for NP/EFSA/NUTRI/2014/01 Lot 3.
  • Tzilivakis, J., Lewis, K.A., Green, A., Warner, D.J., Stedman, A. & Naseby, D. (2013). Review of substances/agents that have direct beneficial effect on the environment: Mode of action and assessment of efficacy. EFSA Supporting Publication 2013:EN-440. European Food Safety Authority, Parma, Italy.

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