Some metals such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury and others, occur naturally in certain foods, because they are environmental pollutants in air, water and soil and enter the food supply when plants take them up as they grow and therefore are heavily regulated. Regulatory bodies around the world have set maximum limits for arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury in different food groups such as meat, fish, seafood, cereals, vegetables, fruits and products containing fats and oils, milk, baby food and infant formulae as well as feed, soil and clinical samples. The rise of industrial society ushered widespread application of heavy metals in the fields of industrial manufacturing, agriculture, medicine, and technology, which we are all now heavily reliant on.
With this in mind Fera have taken a decision to support industry in their routine due diligence testing to lower the standard price for Metals Analysis for up to 4 elements (arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury), reduce the standard turnaround time from 15 working days to 10 working days together with removing any minimum sample restrictions.
Fera’s food testing experts are able to provide data to verify labelling claims and confirm safety, through our accurate quantitative element testing capabilities.
Elements within foodstuffs do not however, only have benefits. Dietary exposure to certain trace elements can result in toxic effects, even when present at relatively low concentrations,. There are also elements known for their beneficial properties which can be harmful if consumed in excess quantities with symptoms that can include liver function complications, thyroid issues and many more. Their appearance within foodstuffs may occur due to their presence in the environment, the result of poor production practises, or poor quality control procedures.
Fera’s innovative analysis techniques can provide the data required to scrutinise your production methods, resulting in improved quality products offered to customers. This can have a significant positive economic impact on your business.
If you require 5 day turnaround please follow the link below:
Turnaround and Reporting
The standard turnaround time for the analysis is now 10 working days from receipt of sample and we can offer a more rapid 5 working day analysis upon request and no minimum sample quantity applies.
Reports will be provided for all analyses undertaken and include details of the sample identity, date of receipt, and analysis details. An outline of the method of analysis is provided together with analysis results.
When submitting your sample please include the food sample submission form to allow us to process your samples efficiently. Failure to send a sample submission form may result in a delay of your sample being tested.
If you require more than 5 elements testing, we do offer multi-element testing for up to 63 elements on a range of foodstuffs, as well as feed, soil and clinical samples. Please get in touch.
Ag - silver, Al - aluminium, As - arsenic, Ba - barium, Be - beryllium, Bi - bismuth, Ca - calcium, Cd - cadmium, Ce - cerium, Co - cobalt, Cr - chromium, Cs - caesium, Cu - copper, Dy - dysprosium, Er - erbiu, Eu - europium, Fe - iron, Ga - gallium, Gd - gadolinium, Ge - germanium, Hg - mercury, Ho - holmium, K - potassium, La - lanthanum, Lu - lutetium, Mg - magnesium, Mn - manganese, Mo - molybdenum, Na - sodium, Nd - neodymium, Ni - nickel, P - phosphorus, Pb - lead, Pr - praseodymium, Rb - rubidium, S - sulphur, Sb - antimony, Se - selenium, Sm - samarium, Sn - tin, Sr - strontium, Tb - terbium, Tl - thallium, Tm - thulium, U - uranium, V - vanadium, Yb - ytterbium, Zn - zinc, Hf - Hafnium, Ir - Iridium, Nb - Niobium, Os - Osmium, Pd - Palladium, Pt - Platinum, Re - Rhenium, Ru - Ruthenium, Sc - Scandium, Ta - Tantalum, Te - Tellurium, Th - Thorium, Ti - Titanium, W - Tungsten, Y - Yttrium
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