Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites produced by fungi and moulds on agricultural commodities in the field or during storage. Vast quantities of dried soybeans are traded globally and they must be carefully dried and then stored under suitable conditions in order to prevent mould growth and and subsequent contamination with mycotoxins including Ochratoxin A.
This proficiency test 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.
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 proficiency tests make use of real food matrices from which to provide the direct comparisons you require with your current routine analysis activities. This can allow timely improvements to be put in place to safeguard the high quality testing ability your customers have come to expect and which regulators require.