Aflatoxins in Barley Flour Proficiency Test

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Product Specification

Product Code Proficiency Test Matrix Approx. Size
FCMM4-CCP4

04451

Barley Flour

75 g

Analytes

Aflatoxin B1, Aflatoxin B2, Aflatoxin G1, Aflatoxin G2, Aflatoxins (total), Ochratoxin A

Test Description

The analytes of interest in this barley flour proficiency test are Aflatoxins and Ochratoxin A. Aflatoxin is a potent carcinogen produced by the Aspergillus flavours and Aspergillus parasiticus moulds which commonly grow and can be found in cereals.

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.

Barley flour has a large range of uses within many processed foods both commercially and domestically. It is a key ingredient in many recipes and as such can have widespread effects. Within human consumption tolerable daily intakes have been outlined for a range of mycotoxin variants. To accurately test to these legislative limits, it is important for laboratories to employ effective quality control processes, with proficiency testing playing a key role in benchmarking your testing quality across a range of analytes and matrices.

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 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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