With this quality control material the analysis of trichothecenes in maize flour can be evaluated.
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.
Trichothecenes make up a large amount of mycotoxins that are produced by various mould species. As such this can provide large challenges for testing laboratories to achieve the high quality test results required by manufacturers and regulators alike across a range of mycotoxin species. To achieve this outcome, effective quality assurance measures must be taken to provide continual improvement in your testing methods.
Through Fapas quality control materials your testing ability can be safeguarded to highlight a range of mycotoxins both accurately and in a timely fashion. Fapas quality control materials can be used to standardise your testing practices, through effective staff training applications as well as being a useful instrumentation verification tool to remove any unconscious bias from your testing apparatus.