Packaging: 100 g of naturally contaminated peanut butter in a polymer-lined aluminium can
Description: Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites originating from fungus growing on various agricultural commodities. Extensive, and strictly enforced, regulations exist both locally and internationally, which stipulate maximum tolerable levels for mycotoxins in various food commodities. Accurate measurements therefore ensure the correct enforcement of these regulations; protecting the health and safety of consumers and removing any technical barriers to trade. Ground nuts and feed are predominantly tested for exports while testing for local consumption targets staple commodities such as cereals, grains and animal feeds.
NMISA is therefore providing proficiency testing schemes (PTSs), reference materials (RMs) and certified reference materials for mycotoxins in various regionally consumed and exported food products. These will assist laboratories in demonstrating measurement comparability and continued laboratory competence for the measurement of these mycotoxins in contaminated foodstuffs.