The FAPAS PT materials are produced in keeping with EU MRLs or minimum required performance limit (MRPL) where MRLs are not set. The result reporting requirements are also in keeping with quality control guidelines laid out in EC/657/2002. FAPAS veterinary medicine PT materials include incurred residues as well as fortified animal products. The PTs are grouped in analytical chemical class/matrix combinations and combine identification and quantification. The PTs are suitable for all methods, including screening methods (for the detection of total amount of that chemical class).
Prawns and seafood as a whole are a protein staple of a large proportion of human diets around the world, with a sustained growth in global consumption. This high demand shown can put pressure on producers, and in turn, increase the risk of contamination across a range of analytes. This test is now an identification and quantification test and has been expanded to include three common 'phenicols': Chloramphenicol, Thiamphenicol and Florfenicol.
With excessive use however there can be high levels of these residues within consumer foodstuffs, leading to potentially harmful effects if consumed in high enough quantities. As such it is important to evaluate your testing ability thoroughly and often to maintain the accuracy of detection you are required to achieve by both your customers and regulators.
Fapas proficiency test materials make use of real food matrices wherever possible. This ensures that insights found through proficiency testing activities are immediately comparable to your current routine testing setup. From this, immediate improvements can be made to ensure your testing ability meets customer, and regulator demands.