Heavy Metals in Canned Fish Quality Control

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Product Specification

QC/RM information
Product Code Material Matrix Approx. Size


Canned Fish



Arsenic (total), Cadmium, Copper, Manganese, Mercury (total), Selenium, Zinc

Validity Date


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.

Fapas quality control measures are ideal for removing potential bias from your testing practices. This can be achieved through a range of staff training activities among other techniques to maintain accurate testing. Through the use of real food matrices, any potential areas of improvement are immediately relevant and comparable to your existing testing practices, to ensure your customers receive the high-quality testing they require. 

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