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Within this proficiency test your ability to test for a range of mycotoxins will be evaluated. Dog food plays a vital role in satisfying the nutritional requirements, as such it is imperative consumers have all the correct information they require to make well-informed purchasing decisions. To achieve this, it is imperative that accurate testing practices are undertaken.

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.

Multi-Mycotoxin testing is required to provide high quality produce which is safe to consume. By targeting a large amount of mycotoxin analytes at a time, large cost savings benefits can be obtained. This is especially valuable with the current growing global supply chain trends where policing effective storage conditions can prove extremely difficult.

Fapas proficiency tests provide high quality insights into your testing practice, forming statistical data insights into your testing arrangement, highlighting any areas of bias you may have, allowing you to plan your quality assurance activities accordingly. By using real feed matrices your proficiency test results are immediately comparable to your routine analysis and as such can provide direct improvements from which to safeguard your high-quality testing practices.

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