Pesticide Residue Testing
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It is Treelinks policy to ensure that all fruits from all origins are checked for compliance against the pesticide regulations in force at the time of supply.
The Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 and the Control Of Pesticide Regulations 1986(SI 1986 No 1510) and The Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006, amendments 2 & 3. Click here for link
The pesticide analysis company we use is QTS-Analytical based in Kent where we will send samples for the delivered batches to be independently tested in the UK. As part of our quality system and technical requirements we also expect our suppliers to test the goods they supply as part of our purchase contract requirements.
Results are available to customers on request.
Below is the details of the QTS testing and also a link to their website for further reference.
QTS has developed state of the art analytical techniques to provide a first class residue testing service in a wide range of commodities. We have made a considerable investment in development and are very pleased to have available the following techniques:
This technique provides a screen for over 200 residues, it tests for a wide range of residues from numerous pesticide groups including Organochlorine, Organophosphate, Organonitrogen, Triazine, Carbamate, Triazole, Dicarboximide, Strobiluron, Pyrethroid and many others including post harvest treatments traditionally tested for separately. Almost all of these residues are tested with a reporting limit of 0.01mg/kg or 10ppb and turnaround available for this test is from a staggering 12 hour service to our standard 5 day service.
We have developed a new automated technique for the testing of dithiocarbamate residues, the technique has been specially designed to minimise false positives, a problem that has long plagued traditional dithiocarbamate techniques. We have successfully developed a technique that can not only provide results in a matter of hours but also has reduced the risk of false positives dramatically.
Our reporting limit for Dithiocarbamate residues is 0.05mg/kg, turnarounds for this test also range from the 12 hour service to the standard 5 day service.
Carbamates, Benzimidazoles, Neonicotinoids, Spinosad, Abamectin & Others
One of our recent developments has been to develop a new technique that combines several traditional techniques into a single test, this allows for a substantial increase in coverage without a substantial increase in cost.
Our reporting limit for the residues in this list is 0.05mg/kg, turnarounds for this test also range from the 12 hour service to the standard 5 day service.