Most countries now have an extensive monitoring scheme for pesticide residues written into their legislation. There are more than 1000 compounds used worldwide as pesticides or plant protection products. When used properly, according to good agricultural practice, any residues can be expected to be below maximum residue limits. The Fapas pesticide residues proficiency tests are based on the EU monitoring list and associated MRLs but are widely applicable to most geographic areas. We also base our statistical data analysis in keeping with quality assurance guidelines as laid out in EC SANTE/11945/2015.
Pesticides are used throughout the globe to improve the quality and quantity of crop yields. As such their use can be extensive, sometimes over-extensive. As such it is important to highlight any overuse and therefore poor farming practises across your customers supply chains. These effective testing requirements are needed to protect the end consumer from high levels of pesticides.
Fruit Juices, especially orange juice, enjoy vast consumption around the world, leading to increased pressure on producers and, in turn, supply chains. This can lead to manufacturers making increased use of additives to emulate and substitute for natural oranges. Accurate testing should be employed to verify any claims made by labels, such as no food additives or similar.
Proficiency testing from Fapas should be utilised as part of a wider quality assurance programme from which to benchmark your testing ability and provide areas of improvement to ensure high quality testing is offered to your customers for the foreseeable future.