Heavy Metals in Baby Food (Vegetable Based) Proficiency Test

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Product Specification

Proficiency Test Information
Product Code Proficiency Test Matrix Approx. Size


Baby Food (Vegetable Based)



Arsenic (total), Cadmium, Copper, Iron, Lead, Manganese, Mercury (total), Nickel, Zinc


all low levels

Test Description

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.

Heavy, toxic metals such as arsenic, cadmium and lead are often found in food, either as a natural contaminant or a contaminant from production. Their effects are various and far reaching, such as inhibiting nutrient absorption in the case of cadmium.

Commercial infant food makes up a large proportion of infants' diets within an extremely important period of development. Usual characteristics of infant foods include the longer shelf life as oppose to fresh ingredients, this can lead to an increased risk of mycotoxin contamination due to the longer exposure to storage conditions which may or may not meet effective quality standards. To mitigate this risk food manufacturers rely on your food testing abilities to highlight any potential mycotoxin risk within foodstuffs, from which to address this supply chain issue and protect the end consumer. This places a large strain on your testing credibility and therefore overall testing ability.

Proficiency tests are useful for maintaining high quality across a range of testing environments. Through the use of real food matrices your proficiency test results are immediately comparable to your routine testing activities, allowing you to highlight areas of improvement across your testing practices quickly and effectively. This ensures your end results are credible, and repeatable across a range of testing environments.

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