Contaminant Testing

Our experts focus on the scientific research relating to intentionally added food components and to those arising from chemical changes during food processing, bioactive chemicals and natural toxicants.

Contaminant Testing
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If you are unsure what kind of tests you need, we can help you diagnose your sample using our extensive analysis techniques.

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  1. AO Package (Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2, total and ochratoxin A)
    Fera Science Limited can analyse food or feed samples to measure levels of Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2, total Aflatoxins and Ochratoxin A. The methods used are fully compliant with EU contaminants legislation to allow you to assess your compliance with regulatory limits in place.
  2. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

    Fera food safety specialists are expert at identifying and quantifying a range of PBDEs within your samples. Through this detailed analysis, useful insights can be found to confirm your sample is safe to offer to consumers. Our accredited methods are well suited to providing the accuracy and detection limits you require to highlight these contaminants.

    Many different matrices can be tested not just foods, contact us for further information or to discuss your needs with one of our scientists.

  3. Metals Analysis - up to 10 Elements

    Fera food testing experts perform extensive mineral and trace element testing of food samples, accredited to ISO17025, to provide insights into the quality and safety of your foodstuffs.

  4. Metals Analysis - up to 20 Elements

    Fera food testing experts perform extensive mineral and trace element testing of food samples, accredited to ISO17025, to provide insights into the quality and safety of your foodstuffs.

  5. Metals Analysis - up to 63 Elements
    Fera food testing experts perform extensive mineral and trace element testing of food samples, accredited to ISO17025, to provide insights into the quality and safety of your foodstuffs.
  6. Iodine
    Fera food testing experts perform accurate iodine analysis on food samples to provide insights into the quality and safety of your foodstuffs.
  7. Inorganic Arsenic (iAs)
    Fera food testing experts use leading detection techniques to accurately identify levels of potentially toxic arsenic within food samples. From this valuable insight you can satisfy regulators on the safety of your foodstuffs.
  8. Acrylamide
    Acrylamide is a chemical substance formed by a reaction between amino acids and sugars. It typically occurs when foods with high starch content such as potatoes, root vegetables and bread, are cooked at high temperatures (over 120°C) in a process of frying, roasting or baking.
  9. Free Asparagine
    Fera can analyse your samples for the presence of free asparagine using our state-of-the-art liquid chromatography – high-resolution mass spectrometry suite, and accurately quantify where present.
  10. Chloropropanols

    Fera’s contamination scientists are able to offer tests for a comprehensive range of Chloropropanols, including MCPD and DCP, with many test variants upon request. Fera’s food safety experts have many years of experience working with industry for contaminants testing, and can undertake bespoke studies tailored to your individual requirements, please contact us to learn more.

  11. Furan
    Using GC-MS methods, Fera’s food safety experts can analyse your samples to detect traces of furan, a colourless, flammable, and highly volatile substance most frequently formed during thermal processing of foods. Fera testing procedure can accurately identify and quantify furan in your food samples to a target level of detection (LOD) of 2 - 5 µg/kg.
  12. Ethyl carbamate (urethane)

    Ethyl carbamate (EC), sometimes called urethane, is a naturally occurring compound in fermented foods and alcoholic beverages, and a known carcinogen. In many cases ethyl carbamate is formed by the reaction between cyanate and ethanol, though this is not the only means by which it forms.

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