Organic foods are one of the fastest growing sectors of the food industry today. Certified organic foods are tested for authenticity before they receive certification. A certification is a guarantee that the organic foods have been produced and processed without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers and they do not contain any contaminants. Services of organic food testing laboratories are often used to analyze organic foods for their nutrition content and the accrued health benefits they might claim. Food testing assures consumers that the products they are purchasing, often at premium prices, are authentically organic.
Regulation and certification requirement
Food testing of organic products also ensures that organic foods are within the ambit of regulatory compliance. FSSAI has recently operationalized the Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulation, 2017 so that standards and food safety are maintained. Food testing laboratories provide food testing services to ensure that organic food production, as well as the processed products, are free of chemical and microbial contaminants. Before certifying the foods the Certifying Authorities like NPOP and PGS-India will also need analysis report from organic food testing labs, which state that the foods contain no residues of pesticides, heavy metals, antibiotics, etc.
Microbial food testing
Organic foods like any other foods can be subject to microbial contamination like E. coli O157: H7, salmonella Listeria and Listeria monocytogenes. Microbial food testing for the presence of these pathogens is a food safety requirement for organic foods.
Organic foods are susceptible to allergens, which can enter these foods through cross-contamination. Some of these organic foods are also used as ingredients in food products like peanuts, wheat, milk, soy, etc. so processed organic foods will require food testing to ensure they are free of allergens.
Regular laboratory testing for mycotoxins in organic foods is equally important as crops can be contaminated with mycotoxins during growth cycle or because of poor storage after harvesting due to damp or moisture.
Pesticide residue testing
The FSSAI has fixed the maximum limits of residues of insecticides/pesticides in organic foods. These are 5% of the maximum limits prescribed or Level of Quantification (LoQ) whichever, is higher. Independent testing laboratories offer testing services for pesticide residues in plant tissues. They also provide analysis certificates that indicate whether residues were detected, if they contained trace levels of residues or if residues are detected at or above LoQ they provide the value as ppm.
Antibiotic residues like ractopamine have become a global problem as the antibiotic residues in food are consumed and they could make people resistant to those antibiotics. Laboratory testing of organic foods for antibiotic residues is important for animal origin organic products like chicken, fish, shellfish, fish, meat, dairy products, and honey
Heavy metal testing
Most food labs test organic foods for suspected chemicals which could be present in food from the environment like water and soil. Food testing labs must be equipped for detection of heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, copper, zinc, etc. that are present even in very low or trace levels.
Our state-of-the-art testing laboratories employ scientists and technicians that use the latest analytical technologies to provide accurate analysis. Our lab is accredited by NABL and approved by EIC, BIS and authorized by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). We routinely conduct organic food testing for cereal crops, nuts, teas, spices, fruits, herbs and dairy products, meats, and honey.
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