Furans in Baby Food (Cereal-Based) Proficiency Test


Product Specification

Product Code Proficiency Test Matrix Approx. Size


Baby Food (Cereal Based)

50 g


Furan, 2-Methylfuran, 3-Methylfuran


Please be aware that this proficiency test has a shortened timescale for analysis and return of results.

Test Description

Process contaminants are chemical substances that are produced naturally in food during manufacturing or home-cooking. They are absent in the raw foods or raw materials used to make the food and are only formed when components within the raw foods or materials undergo chemical changes during processing. Furans may be formed at high temperatures during cooking and can co‑occur. Furans can form from a variety of substances naturally present in food, including ascorbic acid (vitamin C), carbohydrates, amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids and carotenoids.

Dietary exposure to furan and its methyl analogues such as 2-methyl furan and 3-methyl furan is a potential human health concern and advice is that foodstuffs are monitored to highlight any potentially unsafe levels. Additionally, risk management strategies are put in place to avoid production of these process contaminants taking place and to bring about the principle for any contaminant levels to be as low as reasonably achievable.

Furan formation has been detected in many foods including grains and grain‑based products. Such products can contribute to intake of furans for toddlers. Fapas offers this proficiency test for furans in a baby food (cereal-based).

Through proficiency testing using Fapas real food matrices, your testing ability can be evaluated, and areas of potential improvement are able to be identified and acted upon.

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