Chemical Contaminants

Includes non-microbial contaminants such as pesticide residues, heavy metals, and other toxic substances. Learn about contamination sources such as the environment, cooking methods, and inappropriate agricultural practices.
Research Projects Database - Chemical Contaminants

Food Safety Research Information Office (National Agricultural Library [United States Department of Agriculture]).

Review current research projects from the Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO) database related to the topic of chemical contaminants.

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Food Safety Research Information Office (National Agricultural Library [United States Department of Agriculture]).

Research publications on chemical contaminants from peer-reviewed journals. Some publications may be early view or ahead of print. Citations and abstracts are available to all users while full-text availability depends on institutional access levels.

Books and Materials on Chemical Contaminants in the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA)

National Agricultural Library (United States Department of Agriculture).

Searchable database for resources available to persons interested in information on chemical contaminants.

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Environmental Protection Agency (United States).

Summary of a study that provided the first national estimates of median concentrations for 268 chemicals in lake fish, defined a national fish contamination baseline to track progress of pollution control activities, and identified areas where contaminant levels are high enough to warrant further investigation.

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (Food and Drug Administration [United States Department of Health and Human Services]).

Industrial chemicals, related chemicals and other chemical contaminants monitored by the Food and Drug Administration in relation to food safety and supply. Links to risk assessments of potential exposure to each chemical contaminant.

Health Canada.

Action taken by Health Canada in response to environmental contaminants being detected in food. Response measures include conducting risk assessments, reviewing standards and information on what you can do to reduce your exposure to these contaminants.

World Health Organization (United Nations).

Adverse health affects could result from food additives and contaminants. Information links about global environment/food monitoring system, dietary exposure assessments and committees on pesticide residues and food additives can also be found.

Food and Drug Administration (United States Department of Health and Human Services).

This document is Chapter 9 of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Guidance document on Fish and Fishery Products and deals with environmental and chemical contaminants found in seafood.

Food Standards Agency (United Kingdom).

An online resource, including a video, that details the risks with arsenic in rice products.