New method to detect harmful substances in food packaging

30 June 2015

In her PhD project at the National Food Institute, Linda Bengtström has developed a screening strategy, which can be used to examine and assess the safety of food packaging materials made from paper and board. In the screening chemical substances are first extracted from the packaging materials. The substances are then separated into smaller fractions, and the toxicity of the fractions is measured.
This makes it possible to focus on the fractions, which potentially contain endocrine disrupting or carcinogenic substances. These ”toxic” fractions are separated into individual substances and the harmful substances are identified through mass spectrometry (News Item DTU Food, 3 June 2015).
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