This proficiency test is targeted at Ochratoxin A analysis, which has an EU MRL for many commodities.
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.
Ochratoxin A is well known to occur within commodities such as coffee. As such there is a real need to provide good storage practices across the global supply chain to mitigate the risk of contamination. Your food testing ability can provide a valuable tool to maintain high quality, safe produce for consumers.
Coffee is a well-known globally produced foodstuff. Manufacturers make use of the small differences in the global supply to produce various designed blends for consumers. This creates a large amount of challenges for manufactures to store their products over a long time period where mycotoxin contamination can occur.
Proficiency testing is useful to safeguard the high quality testing ability you require to satisfy your customers and ensure safe produce are being offered to the end consumer. Proficiency tests from Fapas are required to highlight any areas of improvement and provide a benchmark for your ongoing quality assurance activities. By using real food matrices within this proficiency test your results are immediately comparable to your routine testing activities.