Sulphur Dioxide in Prawns Quality Control Material

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Sulphur Dioxide

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There are thousands of ingredients used to make our foods.  These ingredients have useful functions that enable consumers to enjoy flavourful, nutritious and safe food.  Additives, colourings and preservatives all play a part in the ingredients we see in our foods today and they perform a variety of useful functions in foods that consumers take for granted. However, these ingredients need to be monitored too to ensure that the levels added are not in excess of the appropriate guidelines or that a banned ingredient/component is not being added deliberately or unintentionally.  For this reason, Fapas provides a wide range of proficiency tests which encompasses this area of interest.

Sulphur dioxide is widely used in the food industry for its properties as a preservative and antioxidant.  Whilst harmless to a healthy person when used in recommended concentrations, it can induce health problems to some more sensitive people, even at low levels. The amount of sulphur dioxide in foods is limited by regulation in the UK and by the directive in the EEC.

As fish consumption continues to maintain high levels across the globe, there is a growing driver for preservatives such as sulphur dioxide to be identified and quantified. This is due to the requirement to minimise spoilage and waste, so extensive use of sulphur dioxide, a well-known preservative, occurs. To mitigate the risk of poor preservative usage, it is important to make use of key quality assurance activities to ensure only accurate test results are offered to your customers, to meet regulatory requirements.

Fapas quality control materials make use of real food matrices to provide direct comparisons to your routine analysis activities. This ensures any improvements made as a result of using Fapas quality control materials are relevant and useful for your current testing arrangement.

Quality control activities such as staff training and instrumentation verification, can be undertaken effectively using Fapas quality control materials.



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