This issue of Hot Source considers the latest improvements to food analysis and highlights the proposed European Trans Fatty Acids controls.

We also look at minimizing the risk of metal inclusion within food products, and introduce our food testing lab in South Korea. There’s also an update on the seafood market, an interview with an UTZ expert about the Sustainable Rice Platform, an article about import refusals and an update on our Breakfast Session at the GFSI Conference.

While DNA-based methodologies for the analysis of food are now quite common, most still rely upon polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification. Since this can limit the scope of the information obtained, the application of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques is improving the situation. SGS is now using in-house software for NGS analysis of meat, fish, seafood, plants and microbes - and almost any other food product containing DNA.

Acknowledged by many as a health risk, Trans Fatty Acids (TFS) may soon be subject to pan-European controls. Our report offers a definition of TFS and an overview of the latest market developments.

Given the dangers of metal fragments within food, suppliers throughout the value chain must minimize the inclusion risks. Discover more about metal detection, determining the level of hazard and identifying the critical control points.

The SGS food testing laboratory in South Korea continues to extend its services to the local market. We introduce its state-of-the-art food and agricultural testing facilities.

The Global Seafood Marketing Conference kicked off 2017, showing the industry’s confidence in the future. We summarize the event’s key points and consider social accountability.

Also, we talk to an expert from UTZ about the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP), its promotion of the efficient use of resources, and climate change resilience in rice production.

If food products are delayed at customs, the PR damage can hit as hard as the financial loss. However, the risks can be minimized with expert help. Read on to find out more about learning from import refusals.

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SGS Agriculture and Food Team