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 cadmium and lead are often found in food, either as a natural contaminant or a contaminant from production.
Honey can have noticeable levels of heavy metals formed through contaminated soils within honey producing areas. Though low levels of heavy metals within honey potential toxicity to humans must still be evaluated and controlled.
Being able to achieve highly detailed reports puts great importance on the accuracy of your testing arrangement. To maintain high levels of accuracy proficiency testing measures should be employed. Fapas use real food test materials within our proficiency tests. This gives you directly comparable results from which to provide key insights into your current testing arrangement from which to highlight any areas of improvement.
Quality control materials can be utilised to track the improvements made within your quality assurance activities. This is in addition to the effective standardisation work that can be done with Fapas quality control materials, where credible, reliable test results can be obtained.