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Environmental Contaminants in Foods

Making food choices involves decisions about healthfulness, palatability, and safety as well as convenience, cost, or pleasure. Most consumers trust that the foods they buy are free from harmful bacteria, but they are often either unaware of other types of contaminants in foods that may have an impact on their health or have misconceptions about the potential for harmful exposure.

Environmental Sources of Foodborne Contaminants

Foodborne contaminants from environmental sources may be considered as unintentional or intentional. Unintentional contaminants are present in the environment, and although they may originate from human activities, such as combustion, they are not intentionally manufactured. Examples of such contaminants are dioxins and dioxin-like compounds. Intentional contaminants also arise from human activity, but they are products intentionally manufactured for an industrial application ...

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