This reference material is paprika, which is provided in a powder form. The analytes of interest on this occasion are Aflatoxins. Aflatoxin is a potent carcinogen produced by the Aspergillus flavous and Aspergillus parasiticus moulds which commonly grow and can be found in many food types such as spices.
Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites produced by fungi on agricultural commodities in the field or during storage. It is estimated at 25% of the world's food crops are affected, resulting in large commercial losses. Mycotoxins can cause serious health problems (including some being suspected carcinogens) and so are tightly regulated across the world. Mycotoxin contamination is the largest cause of rapid alerts raised against imported food products. Fapas has introduced multi-mycotoxin proficiency tests as well as those for emerging mycotoxins.
Paprika can be found across a large range of foodstuffs as both a core ingredient and as a seasoning spice. Being a blend of various peppers it is imperative that flexible testing practices are utilised to highlight poor quality, or potentially unsafe mycotoxin levels.
To achieve the flexible high quality testing practices required to assess the levels of mycotoxins within paprika tests, well-designed quality assurance programmes are required.
Fapas reference materials are a valuable tool ideally suited to future proofing your testing processes. Through low, known ranges of uncertainty, method validation can be effectively undertaken. This allows you to evaluate if any of your prospective testing practices are fit for purpose. Through Fapas real food matrices your results are immediately comparable to your routine analysis activities, drastically reducing the time taken to evaluate your methods. This is crucial in a highly competitive, fast moving, food testing industry.