Saturday, June 05, 2010

Smoke flavoring may be toxic to humans

Several concentrated smoke flavorings may pose health risks in humans, according to the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA's) panel on flavorings.

"The panel expressed safety concerns for several smoke flavorings where intake levels could be relatively close to the levels which may cause negative health effects," said panel chair Klaus-Dieter Jany.

Researchers tested 11 different flavors used as an alternative to actually smoking meat, cheese, fish, cereals, soups and spices, concluding that the use of several "at the intended levels is a safety concern." They raised particular concerns about the flavoring Primary Product AM01, which has been shown to cause changes in the rate of weight gain in young animals and changes in the blood of both juveniles and adults. Read more...

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