Pesticide Residues (specified residues) in Cauliflower Purée Proficiency Test

Cauliflowers are consumed across the globe, both as fresh produce and as an ingredient within many foodstuffs. As such it is important to highlight any poor quality or potentially unsafe foodstuffs quickly, to reduce its impact. As purees continue to grow in usage across prepared and packaged foodstuffs the effects of improper pesticide usage can be wide-ranging and difficult to control.

Pesticides are used extensively across the globe. They have effective yield improving qualities but must be used properly to reduce any residues passed on to animals or consumers. This can often be the case due to their extensive benefits and therefore the short-term gains that can be made.

Most countries now have an extensive monitoring scheme for pesticide residues written into their legislation. There are more than 1000 compounds used worldwide as pesticides or plant protection products. When used properly, according to good agricultural practice, any residues can be expected to be below maximum residue limits. The Fapas pesticide residues proficiency tests are based on the EU monitoring list and associated MRLs but are widely applicable to most geographic areas. We also base our statistical data analysis in keeping with quality assurance guidelines as laid out in EC SANTE/11945/2015.

Proficiency testing activities from Fapas are ideal for benchmarking your testing ability, allowing you to highlight areas of improvement within your current testing practices, from which to maintain your ongoing testing ability, meeting legislative and customer needs. Fapas make use of real food matrices to ensure any results highlighted as a result of this activity is immediately comparable to your routine analysis methods.