Our triple quadrupole mass spectrometry based methods are highly efficient, with over 100 pesticides included in routine analytical screening for a wide range of sample matrices.
Fera food safety experts can identify (screen), and also quantify, residues within your food sample using state of the art GC-MS/MS equipment. These data can be vital to ensure your products are fit for purpose, provide strong evidence to regulators and consumers that your food products are safe, and demonstrate that any residues present are below regulatory limits, or Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs). The pesticides analysed in the GC-MS multi-residue screen include a wide range of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and growth regulators.
Pesticides are used properly by many food producers but if used incorrectly, residues may be found at unsafe levels within foodstuffs, with potentially significant and harmful effects for consumers. As a result, strict regulations are enforced around the world to limit the amount of pesticide residues in foods to protect consumers, and ensure growers are using correct production processes and use pesticides as required. Rigorous, ongoing safety assessments are undertaken by regulatory bodies to be sure that any pesticide residues remaining in food are at levels which are not harmful to people.
Many commercial pesticides are a complex range of different chemicals so it is important to monitor for a wide range of potential pesticide residues in your food samples.
Residues are controlled through a system of statutory Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) which are the maximum safe amounts of residue likely to remain in food products when a pesticide has been used correctly by growers adhering to good agricultural practice (GAP). Maintaining residue levels below the MRL assures regulators and consumers that these pesticides have been correctly used and in turn ensures that residues are within the regulatory limits, minimising consumer exposure.
Our fast turnaround times (1-10 working days) will ensure that results are readily available and you can quickly address any potential issues. We require only a 100g sample of your foodstuffs to ensure accurate results, but a larger sample (typically 1kg) may be required to comply with some EU and Codex regulations.
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.
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