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 reporting limit of 2 - 5 µg/kg.
Furan is toxic, and classed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a “possible human carcinogen (Group 2B)”. It has been identified in many foodstuffs that undergo a heat treatment, including jarred, canned, and roasted food items, as well as a high level of detection in coffee. It is also consistently found in commercial ready-to-eat baby foods, where it is of particular concern, since contaminants have greater impacts on infants than adults. However, furan is not exclusive to industry processing, and can also be found in home cooking, especially when the food is rich in carbohydrates.
In the EU, Commission Recommendation 2014/663/EU amending the annex to Recommendation 2013/711/EU on the reduction of the presence of dioxins, furans and PCBs in feed and food also sets out action levels for dioxins and furans in a range of foodstuffs, including fruit, vegetables, and a range of animal products. Results for furan analysis are returned inside a 15 working day turnaround from sample receipt.
Standard Turnaround Time
|15 working days|
LOD (limit of detection)
|2 - 5 µg/kg|
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