Toxicology and Food Safety
Toxicologists study the safety and biological effects of drugs, chemicals, and other substances on living organisms. They help develop methods to determine harmful effects, the dosages that cause those effects, and safe exposure limits.
Toxicology is the scientific study of adverse effects that may result from exposure to chemical, biological, or other agents that may be present in consumer and industrial products, in the workplace, or in the environment. Toxicology involves characterizing and quantifying the association between exposure to a substance and the magnitude of effects on human health and/or the environment. The need for scientifically robust assessments of toxicological information arises in numerous contexts relevant to our clients.
Learn more about our specialized toxicology and food safety services below.
Our Toxicology and Food Safety Services
ToxicologyRimkus Toxicologists have significant experience in providing analyses to evaluate health effects associated with a variety of chemical, biological, drug, and alcohol exposures. We effectively communicate those complex scientific matters to a wide variety of audiences.
Our Toxicology and Food Safety Practice Area specializes in characterizing and quantifying the association between exposure to a substance and the magnitude of its effects on human health. People can be exposed to a variety of potentially harmful chemicals, drugs, heavy metals, and organic compounds, as well as bacteria, fungi, and other causative agents at home, in the workplace, or in the environment. Through in-depth investigations, research, testing, and consistent analyses, our consulting experts can help clients understand the facts, answering the questions at hand and providing a basis for effective claims and litigation management and resolution.
Drug and Alcohol ImpairmentThe impact of alcohol and drugs has been associated with vehicle injury/fatality accidents, workplace accidents, and lost productivity. Rimkus toxicologists have extensive experience investigating human exposures to illicit drugs, opiates, marijuana, prescription drugs, and alcohol. We routinely evaluate liability claims associated with potential impairment due to alcohol and drug consumption with respect to driving, working, or otherwise commuting.
Consumer Product ToxicityThe average person interacts with multiple consumer products every day, thus it’s important to understand the level of potential toxicity these products contain and how it may relate to potential health impacts. Rimkus has extensive experience evaluating the possible health risks posed by ingredients in these products.
We assist clients in understanding and addressing regulatory compliance and litigation matters, providing support for many issues regarding product safety and compliance.
News headlines of an alleged food poisoning case often garner public attention. Through the expertise of our toxicologists and food safety experts, we determine whether claimed illnesses are possible from exposures to contaminated food based on the scientific data.
One also expects consistency in manufactured food products, but off-flavor or off-spec constituents can change the game suddenly. At Rimkus, we've investigated off-flavor or off-spec food products, including pet and animal feeds and exotic foods, allowing the affected parties to resolve disputes and claims so they can get back to business.
Along the food supply chain, there are many sources of substances that can expose consumers to potential health hazards and may result in significant injury claims. Our toxicologists, food safety experts, and industrial hygienists review food-related claims from a health-risk perspective related to the toxicology of the substances involved, the amount of exposure, and the merits of the allegations of harm or product damage.
Rimkus professionals have extensive experience across a wide range of food safety-related investigations. We determine compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements and conformance with Good Manufacturing Practices and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures. Our team can evaluate food additives and packaging materials and review food handling procedures and production processes. We help clients identify the nature and cause of food contamination from raw materials handling, processing, and packaging. We also recommend modifications and quality control systems to mitigate food contamination.
Environmental and Workplace ToxicologyRimkus toxicology experts and industrial hygienists work together to evaluate occupational and environmental exposures, and possible associated health effects, including those related to COVID-19. Our team has extensive expertise in the evaluation of occupational or environmental exposures to a broad range of substances including infectious agents, mold, chemicals, solvents, hydrocarbons, pesticides, benzene, toxic metals, silica, and asbestos.
Our consulting experience also extends to conducting pharmaceutical health hazard assessments due to transport and storage issues. These matters involve the evaluation of pharmaceutical adulteration and integrity claims associated with excessive temperature excursions, microbial contamination, bodily fluid contamination, or animal waste contamination.