Phytocontrol is able to measure by UFLC the main contaminants resulting from food processing.

Our expertise and our latest-generation analytical equipment guarantee you an efficient and reactive service.

Acrylamide, bisphenol, 3-MCPD, glycidol esters and PAHs are among the newly formed contaminants we find in our diet.

These compounds are formed during the processing of certain foodstuffs and may present health risks. Each year, the DGCCRF launches a monitoring plan for neoformed contaminants in certain foodstuffs.

Phytocontrol is able to measure by UFLC the main contaminants resulting from food processing.

Our expertise and our latest-generation analytical equipment guarantee you an efficient and reactive service.

Acrylamide, bisphenol, 3-MCPD, glycidol esters and PAHs are among the newly formed contaminants we find in our diet.

These compounds are formed during the processing of certain foodstuffs and may present health risks. Each year, the DGCCRF launches a monitoring plan for neoformed contaminants in certain foodstuffs.

Acrylamide

Acrylamide is a substance that forms naturally during cooking, during chemical reactions between amino acids and sugars in food, especially on starch-rich products:

Phytocontrol has developed by UFLC/MS a new innovative, more robust, sensitive and rapid accredited method for acrylamide analysis. The method makes it possible to reach the limits of quantification meeting the indicative values set on foodstuffs and infant nutrition in the framework of the EU recommendation 2013/647 of 8 November 2013.

Commission Regulation (EU) No 2017/2158 of 20 November 2017 establishes mitigation measures and reference levels for the reduction of acrylamide in food.

Bisphenol A

The use of bisphenol A (BPA) as a monomer in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles is permitted by Regulation (EU) No 10/2011. However some restrictions apply, BPA is prohibited in the manufacture of polycarbonate baby bottles for infants.

Following the publication of Regulation (EU) 2018/213, the ban on the use of BPA in the manufacture of polycarbonate cups and bottles for infants and young children is strengthened. The Regulation shall apply from 6 September 2018.

Phytocontrol is able to determine the content of bisphenol A by LC-MS/MS under COFRAC accreditation in products of plant origin and certain products of animal origin.

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PAHs

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, are persistent pollutants that are formed during incomplete combustion processes of organic matter. Food contamination can be environmental (industrial and automobile pollution) or technological (smoking, roasting, etc.).

Phytocontrol has developed under accreditation a revolutionary Multi-HAP drawer analysis method:

  • Benzo(a)Pyrene
  • Sum of the 4 PAHs: Benzo(a)anthracene, Benzo(a)Pyrene, Benzo(b)Fluoranthene and Chrysene
  • Multi-PAHs : 20 compounds

Glycidol, 3-MCPD, and 2-MCPD

These substances are formed during food processing, particularly during the refining of vegetable oils at high temperatures. Palm oil is a major contributor to exposure to 3-MCPD and 2-MCPD.
Phytocontrol has developed a new method of analysis of these compounds by GC-MS/MS with a limit of quantification at 10µg/kg, in fats and food products, including babyfood.

Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 and its successive amendments setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs establish MRLs for PAHs, 3-MCPDs and Glycidol fatty acid esters.

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Acrylamide

The food industry, in collaboration with national authorities and the European Commission, has developed a"toolbox" (last updated: January 2014) to identify ways to reduce acrylamide levels in foods. Short extracts from the toolbox have been developed in the form of sector brochures:

  • Cookies, crackers and fried breads
  • Bread products
  • Breakfast cereals
  • French fry products / Potato chips
  • French fries
  • Food for infants and young children

EFSA has published a good cooking practice guide to keep acrylamide levels in home-prepared foods as low as possible
Available here

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