Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites produced by fungi and moulds on agricultural commodities in the field or during storage.
Mycotoxins can grow in a variety of foodstuffs including animal feed. The poor storage of these foodstuffs can be responsible for high levels of mycotoxins, including Ochratoxin A, which can result in detectable levels in food-producing animals. Ochratoxin A can accumulate in the liver which is the matrix for this QC material.
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.
This quality control material is targeted at Ochratoxin A (OTA) analysis, which has an EU MRL for many commodities. This is due to OTA has been labelled as a carcinogen and a nephrotoxin.
Within human consumption tolerable daily intakes have been outlined for a range of mycotoxin variants. To accurately test to these legislative limits it is important for laboratories to employ effective quality control processes, with proficiency testing playing a key role in benchmarking your testing quality across a range of analytes and matrices.
Fapas quality control materials make use of real food matrices to provide direct comparisons to your current routine analysis activities. This is vital to ensure only high-quality testing practises are employed by your laboratory to achieve the highest standard test results possible.
Through activities such as staff training and instrumentation validation Fapas quality control materials make a significant impact within your wider quality assurance practises to safeguard your high-quality testing ability.