Heavy Metals in Canned Fish Proficiency Test

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Product Specification

Proficiency Test Information
Product Code Proficiency Test Matrix Approx. Size


Canned Fish



Arsenic (total), Cadmium, Mercury (total), Methyl Mercury


all natural 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, lead and mercury are often found in food, either as a natural contaminant or a contaminant from production.

Canned fish is of particular interest when looking at heavy metal contamination. This is due to the metal packaging used and the potential non-intentionally added substances contamination as a result.

Arsenic, Cadmium and Mercury are specifically targeted within this proficiency test. This proficiency test deals with natural level identification, which can be directly comparable to your routine testing analysis, with many food stuffs within your real world testing arrangement falling within this category.

Fapas proficiency test materials use real food matrices from which to achieve directly comparable results from which to address any potential weaknesses within your testing set up. This could be in the form of unconscious bias, which may not be picked up without proficiency testing activities taking place as part of a well-designed quality assurance program.

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