Pesticide residues are regulated in many countries and for many commodities, with maximum residue limits set within EU and other legislation. Pesticide residues can translocate across the food chain and into animal products. This quality control material is for laboratories analysing a range of BAC (Benzalkonium Chloride) chlorates and perchlorate in a prepared fruit puree.
Chlorates are used extensively in food processing as a cleaning agent. When used effectively residues of these chemicals are below safe levels, set by legislators to safeguard foodstuff quality and consumer safety. Fapas proficiency testing activities can evaluate your testing methods, highlight areas of improvement, and provide next steps to maintain your testing ability when highlighting levels of these chlorates in foodstuffs.
Prepared fruit undergoes more extensive processing than their unprepared counterparts and as a result, may come into contact with more disinfection products on surfaces and utensils. This can, in turn, increase consumers’ exposure to these chemical compounds over and above acceptable levels, if consumed in significant quantities. This highlights the requirement for effective testing measures, backed by proficiency testing to ensure accurate test results are found.
Foods for human consumption are tightly legislated and closely monitored for compliance across a range of pesticide residues, including chlorates. As a result, your effective testing measures are required to meet regulatory needs and protect consumers from potentially unsafe levels of a range of pesticide residues.
Fapas quality control materials make use of real food matrices wherever possible. This ensures that insights found through quality assurance activities are immediately comparable to your current routine testing set up. From this, immediate improvements can be made to ensure your testing ability meets customer and regulatory demands.