Specific Pesticides in Infant Formula

Start date

Product Code

Proficiency Test



Infant Formula


DDD-pp (TDE), DDE-pp, HCB (hexachlorobenzene), HCH-B (beta hexachlorocyclohexane), HCH-G (gamma hexachlorocyclohexane / lindane), PCB 52, PCB 138

Approx. Size

50 g


All analytes in the target list will be present (at low levels).

Pesticide residues are regulated in many countries and for many commodities, with maximum residue limits set within EU and other legislation. Pesticide residues can translocate across the food chain and into animal products. This proficiency test is for laboratories analysing fat-soluble pesticide residues in animal products and plant-derived fats or oils.

This is a new proficiency test which has been added to the 2019 schedule to specifically meet customers’ demands.  This proficiency test will have a short, fixed list of target pesticide residues to be quantified.  Qualitative detection or identification of pesticides will not be required. The target list includes DDT-related residues and hexachlorocyclohexane-related residues.

Infant formula is consumed by infants within a critical development phase of their lives. This therefore requires extensive guarantees of the high quality, non-contaminated nature of their foodstuffs. Proficiency testing should be utilised to ensure the highly accurate testing ability required is safeguarded throughout the year.

Proficiency testing activities should be undertaken as part of a well-designed quality assurance programme. Fapas proficiency tests make use of real food matrices from which to ensure direct comparisons can be made between your routine analysis and proficiency test results.