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Disinfectants found in fish

During the Corona times, we all learned to use disinfectants more in our private lives, but they are also used in the food industry unrelated to Corona. In the case of fish, process water with disinfectant is used during various processing steps such as skinning and gutting in the industry. In addition, surfaces and equipment are regularly disinfected.


Residues of chlorate and quaternary ammonium compounds detected in pangasius fish


In a project of the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL), 80 samples of pangasius were tested for disinfectant residues. In 79% of the samples chlorate was found and in 39% the quaternary ammonium compound benzalkonium chloride, which is used for disinfection.

Chlorate are the salts of chloric acid and repeated ingestion can lead to inhibited iodine uptake.

Quaternary ammonium compounds are cationic surfactants which can damage the functions of cell membranes.

To reduce disinfectant residues in your products, regular rinsing with drinking water as well as self-monitoring are essential. bilacon supports you with your own controls in order to prevent recalls and to always be able to offer safe and high-quality fish.


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Source: BVL


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