Chemical residues are the remaining parts of the substances which are used during a particular process say for crop production or for pest control and the presence of such toxic substances in food items is called food contamination.
The presence of the toxic substances in food could be either due to the direct interaction of Fertilizers and Pesticides being used in large proportion in order to increase the volume of the production and to protect crops and animals from pests & diseases. The indirect sources like aquatic environment factors like – water, soil are also considered as one of the reasons for toxicity in food products.
Chemical contaminants have been categorized into two broad groups – Organic Contaminants: Pesticides, Herbicides, Animal Tissues etc. Inorganic Contaminants: Antimony, Arsenic, Asbestos, Barium, Cadmium etc.
As per FSSAI, for the safety of the human beings, a food business operator has to test the food products at stages – while processing and when the product is ready to be sold in the market.
While processing the food products some food additives interact with other compounds which results in the forming of undesirable chemicals (chemical contaminants) like benzene, ethyl carbonate, nitrosamines etc.
The maximum permissible residue limit (highest concentration of a residue) is defined for all food products and a food product will be treated as a contaminant product if residue limits are higher than the recommended limits.
Our testing laboratory has been identified as one of the top 5 laboratories in India for food testing services. We have the best equipments available in our facilities to check the contamination like, precipitations & residues and to trace – chemical compounds, unknown materials, coatings, powders, gels, gas contaminants etc.
The following testing services are available in our laboratory:
- Heavy Metals
- Pesticide Residues
- Drug Residues
Please contact us today using the quick query form on the right or by calling us now on +91-11-45754575 to get your food samples tested for Chemical Contaminants.