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. 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.
  2. Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)
    PFASs are a range of synthetic chemical compounds, which are used across a range of industries, most notably within the food sector. One of their most well-known features is the resistance to stains, resulting in their extensive use within cookware and other equipment in regular contact with food.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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