Analysis of Inorganic Contaminants
Arsenic and the heavy metals lead, cadmium and mercury are apparant in all parts of the environment. The sources for the heavy metal emmissions are partly of natural origin (volcanoes, weathering), partly anthropogenic as a consequence of industrialisation (fumes, waste water, special waste and car exhausts). The heavy metals find their way into vegetable food through intake from the soil or water, or atmospheric sediments and even further into animal food. In the case of improperly produced cans, tin may migrate from those cans into the contained food.
Is your product toxicologically safe and in compliance with all legal requirements?
The Centre of Competence for the Analysis of Inorganic Contaminants within the global Eurofins Group, offers the examination of various metals and trace elements in a great variety of food and feed. Additionally, the analysis of radioactivity in food samples, such as the radionuclide caesium-137, is part of the portfolio.
Legal Bases and Guidelines
- Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 (contaminants in foodstuffs)
- Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council (maximum residue levels of pesticides)
- Directive 2002/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (undesirable substances in animal feed)
Membership and Approvals of Individual Eurofins Laboratories(*)
- Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Lebensmittelchemische Gesellschaft (LChG), "Arbeitsgruppe Elemente und Elementspezies"
Other Interesting Pages
Dioxins Furans PCBs
Fisch und Aquakultur
Spices and Flavours
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(*)Find more details about memberships of our individual laboratories at www.eurofins.de/food-analysis/laboratories