Analysis of foreign matter in foodstuffs using the light filth test: report 2012-2013

  • Maria Giovanna Tilocca | mgtilocca@gmail.com Food Hygiene Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sardinia, Sassari, Italy.
  • Elisa Caneglias Food Hygiene Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sardinia, Sassari, Italy.
  • Bruna Vodret Food Hygiene Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sardinia, Sassari, Italy.
  • Maria Rosalba Mancuso Food Hygiene Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sardinia, Sassari, .
  • Antonina Zimmardi Specialized Diagnostic Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sicily, Palermo, Italy.
  • Claudia Manno Specialized Diagnostic Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sicily, Palermo, Italy.
  • Maria Rita Schiavo Specialized Diagnostic Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sicily, Palermo, Italy.

Abstract

The European legislation set the new hygiene standards in food chain with the purpose to ensure high levels of public health protection in relation to food production. In order to guarantee excellent hygiene standards in food chain, particular attention must be paid to the presence of foreign matter, like light solid impurities of mineral, vegetable or animal origin. The light filth test is a suitable method used to detect and count light solid impurities applicable to different foodstuffs. We report the results of the analysis of 93 foodstuffs official samples investigated for the presence of foreign matter at the Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sardinia, from 2012 to 2013. Insect fragments were found in a sample of semolina and in a sample of canned tomato; plastic fragments were found in a sample of grated bread.

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Maria Giovanna Tilocca, Food Hygiene Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sardinia, Sassari
Struttura Complessa Igiene degli Alimenti, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna, Sassari, Italia
Elisa Caneglias, Food Hygiene Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sardinia, Sassari
Struttura Complessa Igiene degli Alimenti, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna, Sassari, Italia
Bruna Vodret, Food Hygiene Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sardinia, Sassari
Struttura Complessa Igiene degli Alimenti, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna, Sassari, Italia
Maria Rosalba Mancuso, Food Hygiene Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sardinia, Sassari
Struttura Complessa Igiene degli Alimenti, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna, Sassari, Italia
Antonina Zimmardi, Specialized Diagnostic Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sicily, Palermo
Area Diagnostica Specialistica, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia, Palermo, Italia
Claudia Manno, Specialized Diagnostic Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sicily, Palermo
Area Diagnostica Specialistica, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia, Palermo, Italia
Maria Rita Schiavo, Specialized Diagnostic Unit, Institute for Experimental Veterinary Medicine of Sicily, Palermo
Area Diagnostica Specialistica, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sicilia, Palermo, Italia
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2015-09-25
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Keywords:
Light filth test, Insect fragments, Plastic fragments, Foodstuff
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How to Cite
Tilocca, M. G., Caneglias, E., Vodret, B., Mancuso, M. R., Zimmardi, A., Manno, C., & Schiavo, M. R. (2015). Analysis of foreign matter in foodstuffs using the light filth test: report 2012-2013. Italian Journal of Food Safety, 4(3). https://doi.org/10.4081/ijfs.2015.4504