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Process Contaminants

Our experts focus on the scientific research relating to intentionally added food components and to those arising from chemical changes during food processing, bioactive chemicals and natural toxicants. Our research work supports both the development of analytical methods and the identification of chemical species, and to translate our applied research into solutions for our business partners. We work with consultant colleagues to provide accurate and reliable scientific information to assist in the development of advice to UK Government, EU, academic and commercial customers. We have expertise in regulations, standards, dietary exposure, human intervention studies, fate and behaviour studies, the development of new products and processes and extensive knowledge in the area of food chemical risk.

Our Services

Food Contaminants



Acrylamide 30 µg/kg
3-MCPD 10 µg/kg
DCP 5 µg/kg
Furan 2-5 µg/kg
Ethyl carbamate 10 µg/kg
HMF 1 mg/kg
Total phenols 1 mg/kg
Nitrate/nitrite 5/1 mg/kg

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To speak with us about our services, or for any services not listed, please contact the Customer Service Group on +44 (0)300 100 0323 or e-mail us at

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National Reference Laboratory

We are the National Reference Laboratory for:

  • Food, Feed and Food Contact Materials
  • Pesticide Residues
  • Veterinary Medicine Residues

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T: +44 (0)300 100 0323

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Food Testing, Detection and Analytical Services Brochure

Download the latest Food Testing, Detection and Analytical Services Brochure

  • Various GC-MS and LC-MS screening tests
  • National Reference Laboratory Status
  • Extensive range of experts & multiplex testing where possible

Food Sample Submission Form

Download our Sample submission form here: Food Generic Sample Submission Form

  • Specific Tests - Contaminants, Mycotoxins, Authenticty & Residues
  • Volume Discounts available for maximum batch quantities
  • Extensive scope of UKAS (ISO17025) accredited tests