There is a “striking” lack of safety data on wild flowers used at restaurants, according to a review in Denmark.

Of 23 flowers reviewed, nine contained compounds with toxic or potentially toxic effects if eaten, two had unidentified toxic compound(s) and four were flowers from plants with potentially toxic compounds present in other plant parts or related species.

As part of a control campaign, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) visited 150 restaurants and local producers from May to October 2016 and investigated use of plants picked from the wild, cultivated in private or market gardens.

The National Food
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The most well-documented impacts of agriculture runoff on human and ecological health are primarily related to nutrient pollution in water, where nitrogen and phosphorous from fertilizers cause oxygen-starved “dead zones” in water. Now, scientists and government agencies are also examining the impacts of agriculture runoff as a significant source of emerging contaminants, substances that may pose a health risk when they enter food or water systems. Emerging contaminants (ECs) — which include hormones, antibiotics, steroids, nanomaterials, human pharmaceuticals, and personal care products — are difficult to measure or identify, but they pose special threats to human and
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