Due to the high levels of aflatoxins which can be found internationally in commercially available foodstuffs, Fapas includes this dried figs based test material. The test material is provided in a slurry format, which is a blend of both water and dried figs.
Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites produced by fungi on agricultural commodities in the field or during storage. It is estimated at 25% of the world's food crops are affected, resulting in large commercial losses. Mycotoxins can cause serious health problems (including some being suspected carcinogens) and so are tightly regulated across the world. Mycotoxin contamination is the largest cause of rapid alerts raised against imported food products. Fapas has introduced multi-mycotoxin proficiency tests as well as those for emerging mycotoxins.
Over 1 million tonnes of Figs are produced each year. This can cause large challenges within supply chain management due to the widespread nature of the global supply chain. As such it is imperative to guarantee high quality produce is sold to your customers, to mitigate any food safety, or loss of reputation risks.
To achieve the accurate testing required quality control materials should be utilised within a well-designed quality assurance scheme. Fapas quality control materials allow you to track your progress between your proficiency testing activities. Fapas quality control materials are also useful to standardise your testing processes to achieve long term high quality testing from which to provide credible, repeatable test results.