Muscle Foods pp 288-295 | Cite as

Chemical Residues in Muscle Foods

  • William A. Moats


Reports from the 19th century and earlier indicate that adulteration of foods with fillers, coloring agents, and preservatives was widespread. Some of these adulterants such as copper sulfate and boric acid were quite toxic by present-day standards. After many years of effort, beginning as early as 1889, the U.S. Congress passed the first Pure Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1906 under the leadership of Dr. Harvey W. Wiley. Under Dr. Wiley’s direction, additives to foods were tested for toxicity, and use of those found to be a health hazard were banned or restricted. Today, the use of intentional food additives is well controlled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, since Dr. Wiley’s day, it has become recognized that a variety of unintentional additives may inadvertently contaminate foods including muscle foods.


Heavy Metal Animal Tissue Copper Sulfate Supercritical Fluid Chromatography European Economic Community 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Selected References

  1. Hecht, H., 1988. Residues in meat and associated problems. Fleischwirtsch 68:873–877. Google Scholar
  2. Oehme, F.W. 1973. Significance of chemical residues in United States food-producing animals Toxicology 1; 205 – 215.Google Scholar
  3. Moats, W.A., 1986. Agricultural Uses of Antibiotics, ACS Symposium Series: American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.Google Scholar
  4. Pullen, Michael M. 1990. Residues in meat and health, in: Advances in Meat Research. A.M. Pearson and T.R. Dutson, eds. Vol. 6, Pages 135 – 156. Elsevier, New York.Google Scholar
  5. United States Department of Agriculture. 1992. Food Safety and Inspection Service. Compound Evaluation and Analytical Capability, National Residue Program Plan Jeffrey Brown, ed. U.S. Government Printing Office Washington, DC, 1992.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • William A. Moats

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations