Key message: Food contaminants are any harmful substances that are not intentionally added to food. These substances may come from natural sources, environmental pollution, or during food processing. This column gives you an idea of the various pollutants that may affect everyone.

Processing pollutants

  • Acrylamide
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Heavy metal

  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Aflatoxins
  • Ochratoxin A
  • Patulin
Veterinary medicine
  • Clenbuterol hydrochloride (asthma medicine)
  • Endocrine disrupting chemicals
  • Malachite Green
Pesticide (Pesticide)
  • Pesticide residue
  • DDT
Other pollutants
  • Dioxins
  • Melamine
  • Sudan Red
  • Plasticizer
  • Radiation pollutants