Volume 88 Issue 19 | p. 28
Issue Date: May 10, 2010

Food Safety Gambit

Thermo Fisher gears up new lab in Germany to fight in future food adulteration crises
Department: Business, Science & Technology
Keywords: food safety, melamine, Thermo Fisher

First, animals eating pet food contaminated with melamine got sick in 2007. Then the next year, hundreds of thousands of babies in China drinking milk tainted by the plastics and fertilizer ingredient fell ill, and six died. When scientists in industry, regulatory agencies, and academia started searching for melamine where nobody had looked for it before, it took just under a month to develop the first analytical methods to detect it.

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