Food and feed analysis imposes many challenges. Participation in proficiency testing and the use of reference materials will strengthen your quality assurance.
Mycotoxin reference material
Mycotoxin testing imposes unique challenges to analytical laboratories. Complicated matrices, inhomogeneously spread contaminations, very low levels are just a few challenges to be met. The importance of choosing the right sample preparation and analytical method is obvious. The use of mycotoxin reference materials will strengthen your quality assurance in mycotoxin testing.
Mycotoxin reference materials can support your quality assurance on a daily basis. A mycotoxin reference material is a naturally contaminated homogeneous product that contains a specific concentration of mycotoxin. These reference materials can be used for a number of applications including technician training and certification, quality documentation and method validation.
Trilogy® Analytical Laboratory offers reference materials for quality control of mycotoxin analysis. Trilogy mycotoxin reference materials are naturally contaminated products and offer are more realistic tool to evaluate method performance than using spiked samples. Reference materials are available for various individual toxins as well as multiple mycotoxins, in various matrices and levels of contamination.
Allergen reference material
Allergen analysis is a field with a high demand for certified reference material. The most common technique for the detection of allergens is an ELISA test – a method which is very effective, easy to use and relatively cheap. Yet, comparability of measured results is difficult without reference material. Due to high demand, there have been continuing efforts to develop certified reference material also for allergen analysis. In 2013, the renowned MoniQA Association (International Association for Monitoring and Quality Assurance in the Total Food Supply Chain) launched a respective initiative.
Since January 2017, the first validated reference material for food allergens is available at R-Biopharm. The portfolio, produced by Trilogy® Analytical Laboratory, includes four testing materials for milk allergen: a negative control, a positive control, a sample with low concentration of milk protein and a sample with high concentration of milk protein.
Proficiency testing will enable you to compare, monitor and improve your own laboratory performance against other laboratories worldwide. In cooperation with DRRR and Trilogy Analytical Laboratory, R-Biopharm offers proficiency testing (PT) programs for mycotoxin analysis. Proficiency testing is one of the cornerstones of quality assurance and is also part of international standards like ISO 17025.
DRRR is an ISO 17043:2010 accredited proficiency testing provider, offering PT programs for various microbiological, chemical and organoleptic parameters. You can download the DRRR catalogue here or register directly online at the DRRR website.
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