Fapas®, the proficiency testing arm of Fera, will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020 – and has introduced a new range of proficiency tests, which will be available in this landmark year.
Fapas® proficiency tests provide laboratories with an independent assessment of their analysis of specific ingredients, foodstuffs and beverages.
One of the key developments is increased support for laboratories that perform analysis of infant food and beverage products, which is being realised through its launch of a proficiency test for compositional analysis of infant formula.
Fapas® has also strengthened its offering to the meat industry, by introducing a new test for testosterone and oestradiol in bovine blood serum and nandrolone and ethinylestradiol in bovine urine to ensure that laboratories testing for the presence of these hormones can accurately measure the levels. In turn this helps ensure producers are complying with the relevant legislation for veterinary medicines, providing confidence to customers that unsafe product should not reach the market.
Fapas® has also introduced new proficiency tests for aflatoxins in sesame paste (tahini) and peanut butter in response to increased consumer demand for these products, as well as proficiency tests for allergens (sesame and gluten) in cumin.
Mark Sykes, senior scientific advisor of proficiency testing for Fapas®, said: “The challenges for the food and beverage industry seem to grow and become more complex year-on-year. With the new range of tests being developed following increased demand for our specialist services.”
More details on the new tests available can be found here: https://proficiencytesting.fapas.com/proficiency-testing/