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. Fapas has introduced multi-mycotoxin proficiency tests as well as those for emerging mycotoxins.
The European Commission has published Regulation (EU 2016/239) to amend maximum levels for tropane alkaloids in certain cereal-based foods for infants and young children. This proficiency test allows you to evaluate your testing ability for tropane alkaloids in these cereal-based products.
Tropane alkaloids are found in a range of plants and grown foodstuffs. With a range of effects on humans their levels in foodstuffs must be strictly regulated. It is important to highlight areas of improvement within your testing arrangement to ensure potentially high levels of these alkaloids are highlighted and quantified.
Cereals are at high risk of mycotoxins when subjected to poor storage practices. With an ever-increasing population, it is not unreasonable to forecast increased demand for cereals products across the globe, leading to large amounts of strain on global supply chains.
Proficiency testing activities from Fapas make use of real food matrices to highlight areas of improvement within your routine analysis activities. This is due to the direct comparisons you can make within your proficiency testing results. Fapas test materials challenge your laboratories to ensure only high-quality test results are offered to your customers and regulators alike.