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.
Wine is a globally produced beverage, with a plethora of product variants to entice consumers to purchase. As such it is important to ensure only high quality, safe produce is offered to consumers. Through effective proficiency testing measures effective areas of improvement can be found to mitigate any potentially low quality test results which may be offered to our customers and regulators.
Effective food testing arrangements must therefore be made to ensure high quality produce is offered to the customer, and also to challenge food storage practises to highlight any areas of improvement within manufacturers supply chains.
Proficiency Testing from Fapas can help aid the maintenance of the high quality testing required. Fapas proficiency tests can also form the benchmark of a well-designed quality assurance programme to mitigate any risks of low quality testing, and provide your customers with the confidence they require in your results