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Tool To Detect Embalming Substance In Seafood

Food safety & handling +1 more

MALAYSIA - A group of researchers from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has created a tool which can quickly detect formaldehyde, an embalming substance in seafood, including fish.

Researcher Assoc Prof Dr Fatimah Abu Bakar told the Malaysian National News Agency the tool which capitalised on biosensor technology was effective in detecting the chemical within 10 minutes compared to the tedious conventional method that would take one day in laboratory tests.

"The results are accurate because the tool is sensitive in detecting the rate of cancer-causing formaldehyde content in food tested.

"The device can also help agencies including supervisory and monitoring agencies like the Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority to detect the prohibited chemical in seafood," he said.

Dr Bakar said the product was still at the pre-commercialisation phase and awaiting feedbacks from companies interested in marketing it.

Formaldehyde is an embalming fluid commonly used in the manufacturing of paper and plywood, and in the hospital to preserve tissue specimens.