Our scientists have addressed issues such as phthalates in processed cheese, dioxane in wine, mercury in corn syrup, benzene in beverages, chromium in drinking water, and microbial agents in dietary supplements to name a few. Our scientists frequently participate in regulatory panels, lead industry discussions, participate in preparation of regulatory guidelines, and respond to crises.

Materials in food and beverage packaging have also been alleged to pose health hazards due to leaching of chemicals found in the packaging (such as phthalates) into the products. Dietary supplements may also contain ingredients that have not been fully characterized, and therefore may pose health hazards at sufficient quantities.

Cardno ChemRisk scientists are ideally poised to anticipate what regulatory agencies, NGOs, and members of the public will expect from producers and sellers of the entire spectrum of food and beverage products and dietary supplements. We have had multiple opportunities to showcase our expertise to government agencies, state and federal courts, and science advisory panels, and have published our findings in peer-reviewed publications and trade journals.We also provide regular support to Fortune 100 firms to address concerns regarding the safety and compliance of their products.

Project Example: Evaluation of Plastic Particle Contamination in Cheese

Project Overview: Cardno ChemRisk was contacted by a cheese manufacturer to assess the public health risk posed by polypropylene plastic particles that had broken off the food processing equipment and contaminated several batches of bulk cheese. The manufacturer was interested in assessing whether the presence of plastic in the cheese constituted a health hazard for consumers and whether a recall for the potentially contaminated batches of cheese should be issued.

Our Approach: Cardno ChemRisk performed a thorough review of the literature regarding the toxicity of polypropylene plastic and performed a risk assessment related to the potential health hazards from consuming the contaminated cheese. Based on the literature review and risk assessment, Cardno ChemRisk determined that due to subsequent processing of the cheese, the presence of plastic particles posed minimal toxicological risk. No recall was issued.

Our Value: In addition to concluding that the contaminant posed no toxicological effect, Cardno ChemRisk advised the company about the physical hazards associated with the plastics and steps to further reduce risk.