Contaminants within infant formula is of high importance due to the reliance on this foodstuff by infants for the majority of their nutritional intake. To achieve these nutritional values, a number of ingredients are used with this foodstuff to provide the supplementary nutrients needed for infants within this critical life stage. These ingredients can cause an increased risk of contamination within infant formula, and as such require accurate testing to detect and quantify these potentially harmful food contaminants.
With a large amount of infant formula in a powdered form, the long term shelf life this provides can give key advantages to the foodstuff, especially in regards to cost and time saving. It also presents challenges for manufacturers, with the likelihood of food packaging migration taking place. As such it is important to test infant formula for a large amount of different analytes.
Fapas reference materials provide effective tools to build and provide ongoing detail to quality improvement efforts. By building on the snapshot of proficiency testing activities, a long term picture of your laboratory's testing ability can be provided, to impress both accreditors and potential customers of your testing credibility.
Reference materials can be used to both standardise your testing arrangement through instrument calibration and staff training activities. Reference materials are also a valuable asset for method verification due to the known uncertainty present within the material and accompanying data sheet.