The Eurofins laboratory Zeeuws Vlaanderen in Graauw investigates food and animal feed for toxic substances. For example on dioxins and PCBs, MOSH / MOAH and 3-MCPD. Because you want to rule out the possibility that they end up in your product. The analysis of dioxins and PCBs is required by law. The lab receives samples of raw materials and end products from the entire chain - national and international -, including meat, fish, dairy, baby food and animal feed.
Dioxin & PCB’s
Dioxins and PCB's were released into the environment decades ago. For example, due to the combustion process in metal production or industrial processes, but also due to exhaust fumes from traffic. The toxins cannot be broken down and remain in the soil, for example in grass that grows there or in the sludge on the bottom of a lake. In this way the toxins can end up in the body of a cow or fish. Dioxins and PCBs therefore occur in fats in food and animal feed. They are highly toxic substances: the number 4 of the most toxic toxins in the world. Even in small quantities, these substances can be harmful... A very small amount of dioxins and PCBs can also be traced for our lab. We therefore work extremely carefully during our analyses.
MOSH and MOAH
Mineral oil is still found in a large number of foodstuffs. This is due to the fact that oil can enter the food processing chain at any point, be it in the form of food raw materials or only in the form of processed composite end products. Possible sources are: fuels, exhaust fumes, lubricating oils, anti-foaming agents, surface treatment agents, treatment oils and packaging materials. For example, the mineral oil from printing ink can end up in the product from the packaging. It is often an enormous challenge to determine the source and the point of contamination. In addition to mineral oil fractions such as MOSH and MOAH, the so-called POSH (Polyolefinic Oligomeric Saturated Hydrocarbons) are increasingly in the spotlight. These are oligomeric substances that may migrate from plastic packaging (PE and PP). The Eurofins Lab Zeeuws Vlaanderen Eurofins experts have years of experience in analyzing mineral oils. Your sample is in good hands with us for a careful analysis.
The analysis of a sample on 3-MCPD is extremely complex. 3-MCPD can occur when foods rich in fats and salts are exposed to high temperatures. For example, during the production of soy and marinade sauces, the baking of pastries or during barbecuing and smoking of meat products. In addition, traces of 3-MCPD can also occur during the production of glycerol, a sweet-tasting, odorless and colorless liquid. Or by refining vegetable fats and oils. Refined fats and oils are not only consumed directly, they are also often used in the industrial production of food. They can be found, for example, in mayonnaise, bakery products, spreads, antipasti, pesto or as part of infant nutrition. The specialists of Eurofins Lab Zeeuws Vlaanderen carry out this analysis for you.