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Animal Feedingstuffs – Heavy Metals

Heavy Metals contamination has been an issue within animal feedingstuffs due to unregulated importing / exporting and manufacturing processes.

The toxic metals of interest are Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead and Mercury. Some these are phytotoxic (can be accumulated within plant life) and all of them have hazardous toxic responses.

Legislation

The aim of EU legislation on heavy metals in animal nutrition is to ensure that feed materials, feed additives and feedingstuffs are put into circulation only if they are sound, genuine and of merchantable quality and, when correctly used, do not represent any danger to human health, animal health or the environment or do not adversely affect livestock production.

European Council Directive 2002/32/EC sets maximum permitted levels (MPL’s) for Heavy Metals and is transposed into regional law within the EU.

This directive is continuously ammended to include revised MPL’s for these metals. The most recent being Commission Directive 2005/87/EC

Analysis

The analysis is carried out by highly sensitive ICP-MS methodology’s to ensure correct quantification is achieved.
Regulated Heavy Metals analysis – As, Cd, Pb, Hg
A flexible scope of accreditation can be offered – if additional metals are required, accredited analysis can be achieved.

For more information on SAL’s Heavy Metals testing, please contact your local laboratory or contact us online.

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