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.

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  1. Ethylene Oxide

    Ethylene oxide analysis in edible seeds as the sum of ethylene oxide and 2-chloroethanol by GC-MS/MS

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Trinexapac-ethyl
    This procedure is for determination of trinexapac-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.
  5. 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.
  6. Infant Food Multi Residue Method (MRM) Pesticide Suite
    Pesticides are typically used properly by food producers but if used incorrectly, residues may be found at unsafe levels within foodstuffs, with potentially significant and harmful effects for consumers. Infants are considered to be at greater risk to harmful effects of pesticide residues in food.
  7. Dithiocarbamates
    This procedure is for determination of dithiocarbamates in a wide range of unprocessed foods, sugar and infant formula. We can potentially test for processed foods - please get in touch. 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.
  8. Ethephon
    This procedure is for determination of Ethephon in red grapes. 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.
  9. Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QACs)
    This procedure is for determination of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds or QACs, as these are more commonly known. The methodology both identifies presence (screen) and quantifies residues within your food sample using state of the art liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) equipment.
  10. Analysis of sprout suppressants in potatoes
    Potato industry is expected to make significant changes in the way potatoes are stored after loss of approval for chlorpropham (CIPC).  This may include use of other chemicals like maleic hydrazide and 1,4-dimethylnaphthalene.
  11. Pesticide Multi-Residue Screen 2 (Cereals, Fruit & Veg & Others)
    Fera is a UK National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Pesticide Residues. Fera has established a reputation for implementing new technologies, developing and validating new methodologies and extending the scope of existing methods in order to include new pesticide/matrix combinations. This multi-residue suite is for testing for pesticides in fruit & vegetables, herbs & spices, sugar, cereals, nuts, spirits, juice/concentrates and coffee.
  12. Pesticide Multi-Residue Screen 1 (Cereals, Fruit & Veg & Other)
    Fera is a UK National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Pesticide Residues. Fera has established a reputation for implementing new technologies, developing and validating new methodologies and extending the scope of existing methods in order to include new pesticide/matrix combinations. This multi-residue suite is for testing for pesticides in cereals, herbs & spices, fruit & vegetables, sugar, nuts, spirits and juice/concentrates.
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