Chlorate and Perchlorate Analysis

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Chlorate and Perchlorate Analysis
  • LOD (limit of detection)
    0.01 - 0.05 mg/kg
  • Accreditation
    ISO 17025
  • Standard Turnaround Time
    10 working days

Chlorate is formed as a by-product when using chlorine, chlorine dioxide or hypochlorite for the disinfection of drinking water, water for food production and surfaces coming into contact with food.

Such disinfection is considered to be an essential tool in the armoury for maintaining a high standard of food safety and providing risk mitigation. The risk of microbiological contamination in processed foodstuff has been highlighted during a recent outbreak of e-coli in Cheese. Chlorate residues (unlike pesticide residues) typically arise post-harvest through food processing and local contamination. Recent reports have highlighted that residues of chlorate are finding their way onto our foods through the use of biocides to wash down and disinfect surfaces and food processing equipment coming into contact with food. The risk of chlorate residues and the risk of microbiological contamination have resulted in an increased and conflicting pressure on food industry to manage these risks.

Chlorate has in the past been treated as a pesticide residue rather than a food contaminant and there is now mounting pressure from industry to make this distinction. Due to the rising health risks that chlorate posed to public safety in the food chain and the wider environment, chlorate was banned during 2010 from being used as a weed killer and herbicide to remove unwanted vegetation from public places. Well documented evidence has proven that chlorate inhibits the absorption of iodide in the thyroid. With particular focus on vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant women or people, chlorate digestion at high doses can affect thyroid dysfunction or iodine deficiency as well as the potential to also damage red blood cells such as the formation of methaemoglobin and hemolysis. 

EU have set new Maximum Residue Level (MRL) values for chlorate in food (EU Regulation 2020/749).  This will come into force on 24th June 2020. Previously, no specific MRLs set for chlorate. Fera have the expertise to address all requirements of this Regulation.

Food industry is faced with a difficult challenge of balancing risk of chlorate residues and microbiological risk while waiting for the outcome of on-going discussions at EU to set MRLs which are set at realistic levels likely to arise from responsible use of disinfectants during food processing.

Accredited Chlorate and or Perchlorate Testing

Benefits of our analytical Chlorate and/or Perchlorate testing service are;

  • Chlorate and perchlorate QuPPe method - bringing greater sensitivity and selectivity for validated pesticide/commodity combinations
  • QuPPe method - allows analysis of pesticides which perhaps have been monitored infrequently in the past a more cost effective option
  • Accredited (UKAS 'Flexible Scope'), reliable and highly accurate results - allowing you to make informed decisions for your business
  • State of the art accredited laboratory - our Thomson Suite is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the UK, a bespoke laboratory running to GLP quality standards that houses 30 state-of-the-art mass spectrometry instruments
  • Dedicated team of experts - With over a 100 years of heritage, supported with over 350 scientists and technical leads all behind the customer friendly service team dedicated to your business needs
  • Rapid turnaround times - We offer an express 5 working day service in addition to our standard 10 working day service for when you need results without delay

Please contact us to discuss volume discounts.

Detail Specification

Standard Turnaround Time

10 working days

LOD (limit of detection)

0.01 - 0.05 mg/kg


  • ISO 17025
  • Yes


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Chlorate and Perchlorate Analysis

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phHens Eggs200 g 29 Feb 2024 United Kingdom27 Feb 2024£0.00
Chlorates 26.02.2024/1Other (Check with Fera)200 g 29 Feb 2024 United Kingdom27 Feb 2024£0.00
Chlorates 26.02.2024/2Other (Check with Fera)200 g 29 Feb 2024 United Kingdom27 Feb 2024£0.00
Chlorates 26.02.2024/3Other (Check with Fera)200 g 29 Feb 2024 United Kingdom27 Feb 2024£0.00
Chlorates 26.02.2024/4Other (Check with Fera)200 g 29 Feb 2024 United Kingdom27 Feb 2024£0.00
Chlorates 26.02.2024/5Other (Check with Fera)200 g 29 Feb 2024 United Kingdom27 Feb 2024£0.00
Chlorates 26.02.2024/6Other (Check with Fera)200 g 29 Feb 2024 United Kingdom27 Feb 2024£0.00
Hamilton Taurus/1Fruit & Vegetables200 g 16 Feb 2024 United Kingdom14 Feb 2024£0.00
Hamilton TaurusFruit & Vegetables200 g 16 Feb 2024 United Kingdom13 Feb 2024£0.00
Di0112024Cereals200 g 13 Feb 2024 United Kingdom9 Feb 2024£0.00
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