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Call for Research

Call for Research

Call for Research

Call for Research

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To find out more about the levels of certain microbiological and chemical contaminants in food, the Agency is commissioning surveys of:

• Acrylamide in UK retail products

• Lead in cattle, sheep, free range and organic chickens, and eggs from UK farms in areas of high geochemical lead

• Environmental chemicals in composite food samples that are representative of the UK diet

• The content and pattern of ergot alkaloids and ergot sclerotia in UK cereals

• Listeria monocytogenes and other microoganisms in pre-packed ready-to-eat sliced meats from small to medium-sized businesses

• Norovirus in shellfish

Two other research projects being commissioned by the Agency are:

• To investigate whether the visual post-mortem inspection of indoor fattening pigs can be extended to outdoor fattening pigs. The aim of the research is to update meat hygiene controls to ensure they are risk-based and provide an appropriate level of protection to consumers.

• To study the effects of processing on pesticide residues in food. Research into the effects of storage time, washing processes, peeling and cooking methods has already been carried out on a small range of pesticides in apples and potatoes. This new project will consider additional pesticides in a wider range of foods.