Additives, Contaminants, Aflatoxin testing

Aflatoxin testing-Mycotoxin testing

Nuts, dried fruits and cereals prone to aflatoxin contamination due to improper storage conditions, such as high temperature and humidity. Aflatoxins constitute some of the most toxic natural substances and are extremely durable when cooled or heated. It is the duty of every producer to ensure the quality of his product and to protect the consumer. We support the efforts of food industry professionals by providing all the necessary services under Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006. We provide accredited Aflatoxin & Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) determinations in nuts and dried fruits.

  • Aflatoxins B&G (Β1, Β2, G1, G2, total) -Dried nuts & Cereals Accreditation
  • Αflatoxin Μ1 -Dairy products Accreditation
  • Determination of SO2Accredited
  • Ochratoxin -Wine, raisins, foods rich in sugars Accreditation
  • Patulin -Apples
  • Zearaleneone ΖΕΑ -Corn products
  • Deoxynivalenol DON -Cereals

Other products for Aflatoxin & Mycotoxin testing are Processed products, Cereals and derivatives, Spices, Baby foods for children and infants based on cereals, Dietary foods for special medical purposes intended specifically for infants.

Food Contaminant testing

In the context of production and transportation, Packaging materials e.g. FCM’s (Food Contact Materials) and anything in contact with food, can pose health risks. To ensure food safety ERGANAL Labs identify food contaminants & residues. Through analytical technologies we ensure the evaluation of compliance and detect food contaminants such as:

  • Acrylamide
  • Heavy metals Pb, Cd, Cr, Hg, As and other metals
  • PAH’s
  • Nitrosamines
  • Phthalates
  • Pesticides

Additives & Impurities testing

Specific food impurities & food additives cause allergens or potential health hazards e.g.  gluten or swine DNA restrictions. Gluten testing and detection of potentially contaminating DNA assists food manufacturers avoid cross contamination and comply with food safety standards. ERGANAL Labs provide food impurity testing to monitor and verify product quality. Additives & Impurity testing is performed on raw, intermediate and final products of food, feed & food supplements.

  • Preservatives – Sorbic acid, Benzoic acid, Propionic acid, Natamycin, Sulfite (SO2)
  • Sugars – Fructose, glucose, sucrose, maltose
  • Vitamins – A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D3, E
  • Trace elements
  • GlutenGluten free
  • Halal
  • Kosher

Testing methodology

We use high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC, GC/MS), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay, Elisa) and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to determine organic trace compounds and to ensure food quality and safety. Qualitative and quantitative determinations are crucial in the analytical process of detecting contaminants, environmental pollutants, natural toxins and chemical residues. ERGANAL analysis laboratories specialize in mycotoxin and aflatoxin testing and are constantly increasing their respective accreditation fields.

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