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.
Within this proficiency test the heavy metals Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury are addressed. This challenges your laboratory to highlight any unsafe levels of these contaminants within milk powder within one screening test. This is directly comparable to your routine analysis arrangement and as such results can be used to quickly inform any quality control decisions that may need to be made. This proficiency test targets these analytes in natural or lower levels. This allows you to gain a real insight into your current testing bias, such as highlighting false positives which may cost manufacturers large amounts of money when addressing this issue.
Milk powder can be a potential high risk matrix for heavy metal contamination. This could be through the drying process required or any potential packaging migration issues. Fapas proficiency tests allow you to highlight this potential contamination in a controlled setting from which to promote high quality testing standards across your laboratory.