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Chemical contamination

Business guidance

Vacuum packaging

How to vacuum pack your chilled food products safely as a business, manufacturer or retailer.

Chemical contaminants

We are responsible for making sure that chemicals are not present in food at levels that would be of concern. We carry out research and surveillance and using that information, we can enforce controls to prevent chemical contaminants entering the food chain.

Persistent organic pollutants

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are a type of contaminant that can enter the food chain from the environment. We outline common properties of POPs, presence of POPs in food and industry guidance.

Acrylamide legislation

Information on the measures concerning acrylamide levels in food, guidance for food business operators and benchmark levels for monitoring acrylamide levels in different food categories.

Consumer guidance

BPA in plastic

What bisphenol A (BPA) is and the research and evidence that supports our understanding of BPA.

Statement of Purpose - Microcystins in Fish

The aim of the risk assessment is to establish whether there is a risk to health from the consumption of fish caught from Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland, which has been affected by a cyanobacteria bloom.

Risk Characterisation - Microcystins in Fish

This risk assessment is presented in a qualitative form with the scales for the frequency of occurrence, severity of foodborne risks, and the level of associated uncertainty described in a multidimensional risk assessment framework.

Background - Microcystins in Fish

Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland was affected by a cyanobacterial bloom in Summer-Autumn 2023. The cyanobacteria present included Microcystis spp. and Anabaena spp. (DAERA, 2023).

2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP)

The dangers of DNP and the National Food Crime Unit's role in reducing the health risk to the public.

Our work

Acrylamide and Furans Survey Summary

The FSA commissioned a rolling programme of surveys on Acrylamide and Furans in a range of UK foods bought in July-August of 2020 and 2021. The results from this survey do not increase our concern about the risk to human health.