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. Fera Science Limited acts as National Reference Laboratory for mycotoxins in food and feed under Regulation (EC) No. 882/2004.
Mycotoxins are a group of naturally occurring toxic chemicals produced by a range of moulds. These moulds can grow on a range of crops and as they thrive in warm, humid conditions their presence can be used as an indicator of food quality from both field growth and storage conditions.
Aflatoxins are a subset of mycotoxins formed by fungi, most commonly Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. It is important to control their presence within a range of foodstuffs and feed due to the potentially harmful effects on consumers and/or livestock, when consumed in significant quantities.
Ochratoxin A is another food and feed contaminating mycotoxin often produced by Aspergillus ochraceus or Penicillium verrucosum. Human exposure can occur through consumption of contaminated food products.
The method used is fully accredited to ISO17025 for food and feed samples and is based on a multi-toxin 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 for challenging matrices so we can be sure the results produced are fit for purpose, accurate and precise.
Regulatory limits for aflatoxins (aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2), and ochratoxin A are laid down in multiple EU regulations/recommendations and their amendments. These are: Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs; Directive 2002/32/EC on undesirable substances in animal feed; Commission Recommendation 2006/576/EC on the presence of deoxynivalenol, zearalenone, ochratoxin A, T-2 and HT-2 and fumonisins in products intended for animal feeding. FC24 is an essential source of up to date legislative requirements (http://www.fc24.eu).
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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