Metals Analysis - up to 10 Elements

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Metals Analysis - up to 10 Elements
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    15 working days

We offer multi-element testing for up to 63 elements on a range of foodstuffs, as well as feed, soil and clinical samples.

Some elements within foodstuffs are essential for promoting a healthy body as they are required by the body for a variety of different biochemical functions. These essential elements may be naturally present in food or as a result of fortification. Manufacturers may make health claims to promote the purchase of their products based on the levels of these elements present.

Fera’s food testing experts are able to provide data to verify labelling claims and confirm safety, through our accurate quantitative element testing capabilities.

Elements within foodstuffs do not however, only have benefits. Dietary exposure to certain trace elements can result in toxic effects, even when present at relatively low concentrations. There are also elements known for their beneficial properties which can be harmful if consumed in excess quantities with symptoms that can include liver function complications, thyroid issues and many more. Their appearance within foodstuffs may occur due to their presence in the environment, the result of poor production practises, or poor quality control procedures.

Fera’s innovative analysis techniques can provide the data required to scrutinise your production methods, resulting in improved quality products offered to customers. This can have a significant positive economic impact on your business.

Turnaround and Reporting

The standard turnaround time for the analysis is 15 working days from receipt of sample and we can offer more rapid analysis turnarounds upon request.

Reports will be provided for all analyses undertaken and include details of the sample identity and date of receipt. An outline of the method of analysis is provided together with analysis results.

Submitting your sample

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.

Download the food sample submission form here.

Analytes included within this screen

Ag - silver, Al - aluminium, As - arsenic, Ba - barium, Be - beryllium, Bi - bismuth, Ca - calcium, Cd - cadmium, Ce - cerium, Co - cobalt, Cr - chromium, Cs - caesium, Cu - copper, Dy - dysprosium, Er - erbiu, Eu - europium, Fe - iron, Ga - gallium, Gd - gadolinium, Ge - germanium, Hg - mercury, Ho - holmium, K - potassium, La - lanthanum, Lu - lutetium, Mg - magnesium, Mn - manganese, Mo - molybdenum, Na - sodium, Nd - neodymium, Ni - nickel, P - phosphorus, Pb - lead, Pr - praseodymium, Rb - rubidium, S - sulphur, Sb - antimony, Se - selenium, Sm - samarium, Sn - tin, Sr - strontium, Tb - terbium, Tl - thallium, Tm - thulium, U - uranium, V - vanadium, Yb - ytterbium, Zn - zinc, Hf - Hafnium, Ir - Iridium, Nb - Niobium, Os - Osmium, Pd - Palladium, Pt - Platinum, Re - Rhenium, Ru - Ruthenium, Sc - Scandium, Ta - Tantalum, Te - Tellurium, Th - Thorium, Ti - Titanium, W - Tungsten, Y - Yttrium



NRL Status

Fera is the UK National Reference Laboratory for Heavy Metals in Food and Feed


Yes - ISO 17025

Minimum Sample Weight


Minimum Sample Quantity (Batch Size)


Sample Information

This test is applicable to all food stuffs and other matrices that are acid digestible/soluble. It can also be applied to soils.

Turnaround Time

15 working days, 5 working days available upon request

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