Reduce your risk, costs and have confidence in the quality of your supplier’s products and your compliance with EU legislation. Fera can analyse dairy based samples to measure levels of Aflatoxins M1, and M2. The methods used are fully compliant with EU contaminants legislation to allow you to assess your compliance with regulatory limits in place. Fera Science Limited acts as National Reference Laboratory for mycotoxins in food and feed under Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004.
The method used is fully accredited to ISO17025 for liquid milk, powdered milk, powdered infant formula and ready to drink infant formula and is based on an immunoaffinity column clean-up with HPLC-fluorescence detection. Matrix optimised extraction protocols coupled with highly specific clean-up protocols allow the analysis to respond optimally with challenging matrices so we can be sure the results produced are fit for purpose, accurate and precise. Non accredited analysis can also be undertaken for the analysis of aflatoxin M1 in milk products such as cheese, butter, yogurt and cream using the same clean-up and detection techniques as in the accredited method.
Regulatory limits for aflatoxin M1 are laid down in EU Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs. FC24 is an essential source of up to date legislative requirements (www.fc24.eu).
Aflatoxins are a subset of mycotoxins, a group of naturally forming chemicals produced by a range of moulds, formed by fungi with Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus being the most common. Their presence within a range of foodstuffs and feed is important to control due to potentially harmful effects on consumers and/or livestock when consumed in significant quantities.
When lactating cattle and other animals ingest aflatoxins in contaminated feed, toxic metabolites can be formed and may be present in milk. These metabolites, aflatoxin M1 and M2, are relatively stable towards the pasteurizing process so it is important that final products are checked as well as the raw materials.
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.
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