Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Shellfish Quality Control Material

Test Material

Product Code






Benz[a]anthracene, Chrysene, Benzo[b]fluoranthene, Benzo[a]pyrene, Benzo[g,h,i]perylene, PAH4 (sum)

Approx. Size

50 g

Validity Date


The occurrence of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in foodstuffs is a major source of exposure to these carcinogenic compounds for humans.

Given the risk to human health from PAHs in food, the European Commission established maximum levels for PAHs and identified a group of 4 PAHs as indicators based on occurrence and toxicity in EC 1881/2006.

Shellfish by definition has a higher risk than a large amount of foodstuffs when addressing PAH contamination. This is due to shellfish ingesting pollution from the water that are raised in, which is an ideal opportunity for PAH contamination to occur. Within large scale operations it is crucial to highlight high levels of contamination from which to make the required changes to the manufacturers food processing methods. This can allay financial penalty fears associated with supplying contaminated foodstuffs to consumers.

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 practices 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 practices to safeguard your high-quality testing ability.