The ALS food chemistry laboratory is now offering NATA accredited pesticide residue screens for food products, including; fruit, vegetable, grain, nuts, wheat and cereal product categories
If you are a fruit and vegetable grower, cattle farmer, importer or food producer, testing for pesticide residue levels is important. Some health experts claim that even at low levels pesticides entering the food chain are affecting the health of the consumer, increasing the risk of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and impairing cognitive development in children.
Some of the quality programs you may follow Include:
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
- Australian Pesticide Medicine Authority (APVMA)
- Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)
- Various major retailer quality assurance programs,
FSANZ, Australia’s national food regulator reference maximum residue limits (MRLs) for pesticides acceptable in certain foods. APVMA is tasked with the responsibility of regulating and licencing pesticides up to the point of retail sale and sets the maximum residue limits (MRL) in agricultural produce. The MRL’s are determined in accordance with Codex recommended limits, national diet surveys and Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) guidelines set forth by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations. Once adopted, the MRL’s are listed in FSC 1.4.2 and are commodity specific.
The ALS Centre of Excellence in Melbourne has state of the art laboratories and highly experienced Chemists to provide a range of pesticide suites across a variety of food matrices. The basic method information Includes; QuEChERS extraction followed by GC-MSMS and/or LC-MSMS analysis.
These techniques represent best practice and provide for robust and reliable pesticide residue data.
ALS Service Offering
ALS conducts testing across the major pesticide categories including:
|OC and OP Pesticides||Acaricides||Synthetic Pyrethroids|
Testing suites offered are C3, C5, C6 and the DAFF IFIP pesticide residue screens.