Microchem offers pesticide residue analyses to the South African fresh fruits markets for fruit bound for the export market. Process optimisation and high investment in state-of-the-art equipment allows for fast turn-around times and additional capacity needed to ensure customer satisfaction even during high season or for urgent testing.
Microchem uses the “QuEChERS” multi-residue analyses (MRAs). The “QuEChERS” MRA is a relatively new method developed by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), which can detect many of the newer pesticides.
Using this cutting-edge technology, we can identify and quantify a range of pesticide residues in fresh produce at parts per billion levels. Our method covers a wide range of pesticide classes, including many compounds and metabolites that traditionally have had to be analysed using separate targeted techniques to achieve the required level of detection.
Microchem also participates in proficiency testing programs including FAPAS (Food Analysis Performance Assessment Scheme) and other international laboratory testing schemes. Participation in these proficiency testing programs is a requirement of our ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation and serves as an external quality measure of laboratory accuracy.
Microchem adheres to strict quality procedures to ensure accurate results. These include well defined areas where maximum safety and minimum chance of cross-contamination of samples prevail. Correct handling and storage procedures are in place to ensure that the integrity of the sample is maintained. We also make extensive use of matrix-matched standards, necessary sample clean-up procedures, spiked quality control samples for every batch of samples as well as internal standards to ensure consistent results.
Food Testing and Consulting
Partnering with Microchem gives you access to in-depth testing expertise, innovative testing techniques and world-class facilities and equipment, all designed to help you get your products to market faster, with the highest degree of confidence in the results.