Pesticide Residues Testing

Fera's technical staff have many years experience carrying out pesticide residue testing, providing services across the food supply chain. Our aim is to understand and meet the demands of the customer and to assist with any upcoming and emerging issues.

Pesticide Residues 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. Chlorate and Perchlorate Analysis
    Chlorate is an effective herbicide due to the oxidative destruction of the plant tissue with release of oxygen. Chlorate was banned in herbicides in 2010 and since it's use is not permitted the maximum residue level (MRL) of 0.01 mg/kg applies. Perchlorate is a similar contaminate sometimes occurring naturally, most abundantly in deposits of Sodium Nitrate in northern Chile.
  2. Glyphosate
    Fera is the UK National Reference Laboratory for the analyses of pesticide residues. We employ leading experts in the field to verify that food complies with regulatory requirements, ensuring consumers are not exposed to unacceptable levels of pesticide residues.
  3. Inorganic Bromide
    Fera food safety experts make use of leading detection techniques to accurately identify levels of inorganic bromide within food samples. This can give you the confidence to take the key production process decisions, to meet regulatory limits and provide high quality, safe foodstuffs to your customers.
  4. Chlormequat or Mepiquat Chloride Analysis
    This procedure is for simultaneous analysis of chlormequat and mepiquat in a wide range of sample matrices. The methodology both identifies (screen) and quantifies residues within your food sample using state of the art liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) equipment.
  5. ETU or PTU
    This procedure is for simultaneous analyses of propylenethiourea (PTU) and ethylenethiourea (ETU) in a wide range of sample matrices. The methodology both identifies (screen) and quantifies residues within your food sample using state of the art liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) equipment.
  6. Trinexapac-ethyl
    This procedure is for determination of triexpac-ethyl in a wide range of cereal matrices. The methodology both identifies (screen) and quantifies residues within your food sample using state of the art liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) equipment.
  7. Illegal Dyes
    Fera food safety experts are able to undertake detailed analysis of your food samples to detect and quantify the presence of a range of illegal dyes potentially found within a wide range of foodstuffs. This test includes the Sudan dyes and Butter yellow among others.
  8. Fipronil
    Fera food safety experts can both identify (screen) and quantify Fipronil and metabolite residues within a food sample using state of the art LC-MS/MS equipment. We can offer this test in a range of food samples including eggs.
  9. Maleic Hydrazide
    Maleic hydrazide is a plant growth regulator used to suppress growth and to induce dormancy in some crops. It is mostly used to reduce sprouting in stored crops, such as potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic.

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