The presence of metals in cereals 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.
This strict regulation requires effective and accurate testing capabilities, which through proficiency testing can be maintained or achieved.
Heavy, toxic metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury 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.
Heavy metals are found more commonly within intensively farmed produce, and with the increasing demand for foodstuffs around the globe, larger, more intensive farming will occur and bring an increased risk of contaminants such as heavy metals. This all links to a need for accurate testing practices, which can be achieved through effective proficiency testing.
Quality control materials from Fapas make use of real food matrices, from which to ensure direct comparisons can be made with your current routine analysis activities. This can ensure any areas of improvement are relevant and concise to action in an efficient way, to pass directly to your customers and regulators alike. These are invaluable to ensure your testing ability is competitive within a saturated business environment.