The presence of metals in food is of particular concern due to their toxicity. These naturally occurring chemicals can occur as residues in food by a range of mechanisms such as their natural presence in the environment or contamination during food processing and storage. Their accumulation in the body can lead to harmful effects over time and their presence in foodstuffs is strictly regulated.
Almonds are seen as a healthy source of protein and so are consumed directly in large quantities on a global basis, but are also commonly used as an ingredient in cakes and other sweet foods due to their flavour properties. Monitoring of traded product is therefore important to prevent contaminated goods entering the food chain.
Within this proficiency test a range of commonly monitored metals are included. This challenges your laboratory to highlight any unsafe levels of these contaminants within pet food within one screening test. This is directly comparable to your routine analysis arrangement and as such results can be used to quickly inform any quality control decisions that may need to be made.
Fapas proficiency tests highlight potential deficiencies within your testing process, such as any analytical bias, through ineffective instrumentation calibration for example. By using real pet food matrices your proficiency test results are comparable to your routine analysis and as such can provide direct improvements from which to safeguard your high-quality testing practices.