Join AGQ Labs for the 2019 PMA Fresh Summit on next October 17-19, at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California
Our Agronomy and Food Safety teams will be attending all visitors at Booth #4909. Come and join us!
The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) is a trade organization representing companies from every segment of the global fresh produce and floral supply chain. PMA helps members grow by providing connections that expand business opportunities and increase sales and consumption.
Fresh Summit delivers global connections, consumer insights and innovative business solutions. Join 22,000+ produce and floral professionals from 60+ countries.
For more information about the 2019 PMA Fresh Summit, visit their website.
The food industry is full of different regulatory and industry requirements to demonstrate that food products are safe and of high quality. To do this, companies must partner with a food testing lab with the most advanced techniques, accredited at the highest international level, and staffed with experts that are able to offer unique solutions to improve processes in product conservation and regulatory compliance.
Heavy Metals in food and water
Arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead are the main heavy metals that are closely monitored by food manufacturers and producers due to their toxicity. These heavy metals can end up in a food for several reasons and heavy metals food testing is the only way to ensure that your products are within normal ranges and meet regulatory requirements.
The U.S. FDA has set a limited number of action levels for heavy metals in food products. Action levels have been set for arsenic in apple juice and rice cereals for infants, as well as for lead in candy likely to be consumed frequently by small children. Additionally, action levels have been set for cadmium and lead in pottery ceramics and silver-plated hollowware. The FDA has also taken actions and refused entry of certain imports into the U.S. due to heavy metals. These food products include:
- Bottled Water- Arsenic
- Dietary Supplements- Arsenic, Cadmium, Mercury and/or Lead
- Ceramic ware- Cadmium and/or Lead
- Preserved Duck Eggs- Lead
- Dried Fruits- Lead
- Turmeric- Lead
- Mandarin Orange Float Drink- Lead
- Candy- Lead
- Chili Containing Granular Seasonings/Snack Foods- Lead
California’s Proposition 65 covers all food products. More details on Prop 65 can be found on AGQ Lab USA’s Prop 65 page.
Our heavy metal testing services include access to AGQ Labs’ knowledgeable food safety team who are experts in the different heavy metal regulations around the U.S. and the world. Our heavy metal analysis service has a standard 3-5 days turnaround time that makes AGQ Labs’ heavy metal testing service one of the fastest in the US.
AGQ Labs USA uses an ICP-MS to test water and food products and an ICP-OES to test soils, vegetation, and food additives for heavy metals. AGQ Labs USA’s ICP-MS allows us to detect heavy metals at ultra-low levels to help ensure you comply with Prop 65.