Deliberate food adulteration for economic gain is increasing, with high profile issues making national or international news. There is now a greater emphasis on authenticity testing with a number of international projects addressing the analytical problems. The Fapas authenticity and adulteration proficiency tests allow laboratories to assess their detection capability for undeclared high level substitutions.
This proficiency test allows you to improve your processes in this area and maintain a high level of testing across herbs, with Oreganum spp. as the subject matrix here.
Oregano has a track record of being regularly adulterated, with numerous media sources reporting various percentages of dried oregano being adulterated, some reporting up to 25%. This high level of food fraud presents a large issue for food regulators and therefore an opportunity for testing labs to demonstrate their effective testing capabilities and win business in a growing adulteration detection sector.
Fapas quality control materials can provide the ideal tool to ensure extensive ongoing improvement activities take place to maintain the high quality test results required by customers, and regulators alike. Fapas quality control materials can be used to highlight areas bias which may otherwise be missed through less effective quality control activities. This can be achieved through effective staff training measures enabled by Fapas quality control materials, or instrumentation calibration practises.