Heavy Metals in Powdered Brown Rice Quality Control

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Product Specification

QC/RM information
Product Code Material Matrix Approx. Size


Powdered Brown Rice



Arsenic (total), Arsenic (inorganic), Cadmium, Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Lead, Manganese, Mercury (total), Nickel, Zinc

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Test Description

This test material is rice, which is provided as rice flour.  Rice flour has a number of uses within foodstuffs, both as a substitute for wheat flour, but also as a standalone ingredient in a range of processed foods. It is used within many foods suitable for freezing and as a thickening agent due to its liquid separation inhibiting characteristics.

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. Their effects are various and far reaching, such as inhibiting nutrient absorption in the case of cadmium.

Heavy metals are found more commonly within intensively farmed produce, and with the increasing demand for foodstuffs around the globe, larger, more intensive farming will occur and bring an increased risk of contaminants such as heavy metals.

Quality control materials from Fapas provide an ideal way from which to standardise your testing processes through applications such as staff training activities and instrumentation verification techniques. Fapas quality control materials are also ideal for tracking your testing ability between your proficiency testing activities, gaining an effective measure of return on investment of your quality assurance efforts.

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