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Organic contaminants

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Organic contaminants are undesirable, harmful substances, which are found at trace level in foodstuffs. They are not present in food due to a deliberate action, but find their way into it through contact with air, water or soil. Or are generated during manufacturing, as process contaminants such as acrylamide or 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD).

Food producers need to ensure that their products are toxicologically safe and in compliance with all legal requirements through the use of analytical testing.

Organic Contaminants Testing

Eurofins offers a wide variety of analysis of organic contaminants including:

  • 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) and 2- and 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol esters (2- and 3-MCPD esters)
  • 4-methylimidazole (4-MI)
  • acrolein
  • acrylamide
  • chlorate, perchlorate
  • chlorophenols, such as pentachlorophenol (PCP)
  • dichloropropanols (DCP)
  • dicyandiamide (DCD)
  • disinfectants, e.g. quaternary ammonium compounds, such as DDAC and BAC
  • ethyl carbamate
  • formaldehyde
  • furans
  • glycidyl esters
  • illegal dyes: sudan dyes and other illegal dyes
  • melamine and other structurally related compounds such as cyanuric acid, ammelide and ammeline
  • mineral Oil Saturated Hydrocarbons (MOSH), Mineral Oil Aromatic Hydrocarbons (MOAH) and Polyolefin Oligomeric Saturated Hydrocarbons (POSH)
  • nicotine
  • plasticisers, such as phthalates / adipates
  • polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
  • residual solvents (such as BTEX and VCH)
  • semicarbazide (SEM), photoinitiators (isopropyl thioxanthone: ITX; 2-ethylhexyl 4-dimethylaminobenzoate: EHDAB).

For more information about Eurofins food testing services please contact our sales team on 0845 604 6740 or make an enquiry.