Aflatoxins in Pistachio Quality Control Material

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Product Specification

QC/RM information
Product Code Material Matrix Approx. Size


Pistachio (Water/Nut Slurry)



Aflatoxin B1, Aflatoxin B2, Aflatoxin G1, Aflatoxin G2, Aflatoxins (total)

Validity Date


Test Description

Due to the high levels of aflatoxins which can be found internationally in commercially available nut based foodstuffs, Fapas includes this pistachio based test material.  The test material is provided in a slurry format, which is a blend of both water and milled pistachio.

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.

Aflaxotins are a group of mycotoxins which are produced by specific Aspergillus species of fungi. Through effective testing activities, aflatoxins in foodstuffs can be highlighted and therefore controlled across a range of foodstuffs including nuts, and by extension pistachios.

Quality control materials can be utilised to provide effective control methods between proficiency testing activities. Fapas quality control materials utilise real food matrices from which to achieve directly comparable results against your routine analysis. This can drastically reduce the time taken to action any improvements you may have found.

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