Are there harmful substances in my cookie?

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About the research

Did you know that some chemical components in food packaging can penetrate into the packaged food? Annelies Van Heyst examined 200 food products found on the Belgian market and reassures us: you can still feast on your favorite cookies

Annelies Van Heyst

Fascinated by the fact that she could not eat homegrown vegetables from her garden due to historically contaminated ground, Annelies was triggered by food safety and food regulation. Therefore, she decided to study biomedical sciences with specialisation in health and environmental sciences. In her PhD research she focusses on mineral oil, a chemical component that is found in our food. By identifying the possible health risks and determining to what extent the Belgian population is exposed, she tries to improve food safety.

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