Heavy Metals in Oat Flour Proficiency Test

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 so 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. This proficiency test includes total arsenic detection and analysis as well as other heavy metal detections to benchmark your testing capabilities within a multi-analyte testing environment.

Through Fapas’ use of real food matrices within test materials, valuable results can be derived to inform your quality control process and provide key highlights for improvements and where they should be made.

The presence of trace elements within oats is of increased importance due to its growing use within recipes, as a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour in a range of foodstuffs.