Food Contact Materials pose a potential health risk to the safety of consumers. The production and transportation process, may also pose a risk in Packaging materials and anything that comes in contact with them. Identifying food contaminants and residues in order to ensure food safety is of the outmost importance. Through analytical technologies QACS Labs ensure compliance evaluation and detect contaminants.
QACS Contaminant-Additives testing services are accompanied by a wide accreditation spectrum.
- Mycotoxins -Aflatoxins
- Additives -Impurities
- Heavy metals Pb, Cd, Cr, Hg, As and other metals
Improper storage conditions such as high temperature and humidity, make nuts, dried fruits and cereals prone to aflatoxin contamination. 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.
Products for analysis include dried fruits and processed products, Cereals and derivatives, Spices, Baby foods, infant cereals and Dietary foods for special medical purposes. QACS analysis laboratories specialize in mycotoxins testing and are constantly increasing their ISO 17025 accreditation.
Labs are ISO17025 accredited for Mycotoxins & Aflatoxins testing.
- Aflatoxins B&G (Β1, Β2, G1, G2, total) -Dried nuts & Cereals Accreditation
- Αflatoxin Μ1 -Dairy products Accreditation
- Ochratoxin -Wine, raisins, foods rich in sugars Accreditation -Accredited
- Patulin -Apples
- Zearaleneone ΖΕΑ -Corn products
- Deoxynivalenol DON -Cereals
Many consumers have food allergies and sensitivities. Incorrect labelling presents a health hazard to the consumer. QACS Labs also detect impurities such as gluten or the presence of swine DNA to comply with food safety standards. The testing ensures that cross contamination has not occurred.
DNA Microlab, member of QACS provides a wide range of analytical and molecular equipment to detect additives & impurities. Through thorough food testing on raw, intermediate, final foodstuffs and food supplements we ensure food quality and consumer safety in terms of additives and impurities. Labs are ISO17025 accredited for Additives & Impurities testing.
- 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
- Gluten – Gluten free
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.