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.
Animal feed is an essential option for rearing high quality livestock. To ensure contaminants don’t enter the food chain, regulations are in place to manage feed and feed material production. Fish meal is used to create a variety of animal feeds and fish used in the production of fish meal is a potential source of heavy metal contamination.
Within this proficiency test the heavy metals Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, and Nickel are monitored. This challenges your laboratory to highlight any unsafe levels of these contaminants within animal feed (fish meal) 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 highlighting any unconscious bias, through ineffective instrumentation calibration for example. By using real feed 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.