16Mar 2018


According to Article 16(4) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011, alcoholic beverages containing more than 1.2% alcohol by volume are exempt from both the list of ingredients and the nutritional declaration.

Following the adoption on 13 March 2017 by the European Commission of a report concerning the compulsory labelling of the list of ingredients and the nutritional declaration of alcoholic beverages, the commission had invited the sector to draw up a proposal for self-regulation in order to harmonise the labelling rules.

It is in this context that the seven professional organisations in the alcoholic beverages sector (AICV, The brewers of Europe, CEEV, CEVI, COPA COGECA, EFOW and SpiritsEUROPE) submitted their regulatory proposal on 12 March 2018.

It is proposed to return the energy value expressed per 100 mL while leaving the possibility for operators to also indicate this data per unit of consumption.

The information can be indicated directly on the label of the drink or in a dematerialised way via a QR-code, bar-code or internet link.

The proposal is composed of 4 annexes presenting the modalities by sector:

– Specific Annex for Spirits

– Specific Annex for Wines and Flavoured Wines

– Beer-specific annex

– Annex specific to Ciders and fruit wines

It is now up to the committee to evaluate this proposal.

Alcoholic beverages are complex matrixes, please be aware that our laboratory’s R&D department is currently working on developing a reliable analysis method to meet this future regulation.

09Mar 2018

Phytocontrol’s water analysis department obtains Cofrac accreditation for the sampling and analysis of Legionella spp. and Legionella pneumophila.

The Legionnaire’s family consists of more than 50 different species, including the Legionella pneumophila bacterium, which is the most involved in Legionella cases (more than 99% of cases). The mode of contamination is the inhalation of contaminated aerosols, which can be followed by severe respiratory infection.

Legionella are found naturally in freshwater aquatic flora and moist soils. However, they have never been found in seawater and dry land. In networks, the bacteria can colonize facilities that offer favourable conditions for their development. These are hot water circuits at a temperature of between 25 and 43°C associated with the diffusion of an aerosol.

List of installations at risk:

  • Distribution networks (hot water, cold water, natural mineral water)
  • Showers, swimming pools, SPA
  • Air conditioning systems, foggers
  • Evaporative cooling towers

Phytocontrol has received its Cofrac accreditation for sampling according to the FD T 90-522 standard (and associated circulars) and analysis of Legionella spp and Legionella pneumophila in evaporative cooling towers and water from cold and hot sanitary networks.

Our qualified sampling technicians based in each regional agency are at your disposal to carry out your planned sampling campaigns for your routine or post-treatment checks. Phytocontrol has tri-temperature vehicles to transport your samples in isothermal compartments.

Our optimised analytical process, combined with our logistics department deployed throughout the country, allows you to obtain analysis results within 10 to 12 days.

Find our updated scope of accreditation.

05Mar 2018


The different methods of analysis for which a laboratory is accredited are formalised in its scope of accreditation.
A scope is a document that describes the activities and associated methods offered under accreditation to laboratory clients.
The COFRAC (Comité Français d’Accréditation – French Accreditation Committee) gives laboratories the opportunity to enhance their competence by setting up flexible scopes.
Four staff types are defined: Fixed staff, Flexible staff FLEX 1, Flexible staff FLEX 2 and Flexible staff FLEX 3.

The FIXED Scope is a scope for laboratories that do not wish to change the versions of their methods between two Cofrac evaluations.
The Flexible Range FLEX 1 is a range intended for laboratories wishing to have the possibility, between two Cofrac evaluations, to adopt successive revisions of recognized methods.
The Flexible Range FLEX 2 is a range for laboratories wishing to have the possibility, between two Cofrac evaluations, to adopt new recognized methods.
The Flexible Range FLEX 3 is a range for laboratories wishing to be able to use new, unrecognized methods between Cofrac evaluations.

Our laboratory mainly works within the framework of flexible spans of type FLEX 3.
Our flexible FLEX 3 ranges include mycotoxins, pesticide residues, organic contaminant residues, metals and minerals, carbohydrate components, total lipids, dietary fibre, total nitrogen content, moisture and ash content, chloramphenicol, PCR GMO targets, allergenic proteins, sulphites and organic compounds in water.
You will find the details of these litters in our technical appendices for accreditation N°1-1904 and N°1-6066.

This type of flexibility allows FLEX 3 to develop its own analytical methods and accredit them without prior evaluation of COFRAC. To do this, the laboratory must validate the analytical method before issuing results under accreditation.
Thus, depending on your expectations, we are able to use this type of flexibility to initiate a validation procedure in order to accredit a new substance or foodstuff falling within the scope of our flexible scope.
This flexibility of use of our scope of accreditation relative to the flexibility of type 3, allows us to be most reactive to your needs of accreditation but also to the regulatory evolutions.
The flexibility of a scope therefore gives many advantages, but in return, the laboratory must meet obligations and take on heavy responsibilities.
FLEX 3 is the type of staff for which COFRAC’s requirements are the most numerous.
Through this accreditation process, our laboratory wishes to establish a real confidence in the different services we provide.
For more information on flexibility, we invite you to consult the attached COFRAC document: LAB REF 08 – Scope of Accreditation Expressions and Evaluation.

01Mar 2018


Regulation (EU) No 2018/290 amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 on the establishment of maximum levels for glycidol fatty acid esters was published on 27 February 2018.
Glycidol fatty acid esters are food contaminants found in vegetable oils and fats. These esters are hydrolyzed to glycidol in the gastrointestinal tract.
EFSA concluded that glycidol presented a risk to the consumer because of its genotoxic and carcinogenic properties.
It is therefore appropriate to lay down maximum limits in fatty acid esters of glycidol in vegetable oils and fats intended for placing on the market for sale to the final consumer or for use as an ingredient in foodstuffs.
In view of concerns about the health of infants and young children, stricter limits have also been set for vegetable oils and fats intended for the production of baby foods and cereal-based formulae for infants and young children as well as for infant formulae, follow-on formulae and foods for special medical purposes for infants and young children.
With regard to 3-MCPD and its fatty acid esters, EFSA has re-opened its assessment, regulatory action may be taken following the results of this assessment.
According to Article 2 of the Regulation, foodstuffs which were placed on the market before the entry into force of the Regulation may remain on the market until 19 September 2018.
The Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Below you will find the maximum limits set out below:

Maximum levels (µg/kg)
3-chloropropanediol (3-MCPD)
Hydrolysed vegetable protein 20
Soy sauce 20
Glycidol fatty acid esters expressed as glycidol
Vegetable oils and fats placed on the market for sale to the final consumer or for use as an ingredient in foodstuffs 1 000
Vegetable oils and fats for the production of baby foodstuffs and processed cereal-based foods for infants and young children 500
Infant formulae, follow-on formulae and foodstuffs for special medical purposes for infants and young children (powdered) 75 until the 30.6.2019
50 starting from 1.7.2019
Infant formulae, follow-on formulae and foodstuffs for special medical purposes for infants and young children (liquids) 10,0 until the 30.6.2019
6,0 starting from 1.7.2019

The laboratory is currently able to determine the content of 2-MCPD, 3-MCPD and free glycidol by GC-MS/MS with a limit of quantification of 10 µg/kg in plant products and infant milks.
The analysis of soy sauce, hydrolysed vegetable proteins and infant milk can be carried out under accreditation.
We are currently developing a method for the analysis of glycidol fatty acid esters.

For all technical, pricing and/or regulatory information, do not hesitate to contact us.


01Mar 2018

Phytocontrol confirms its advances in Eco-Technological innovations for water analysis.

Following the latest Cofrac audits carried out in our laboratories, the methods of analysis of organic compounds by LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS now integrate our scopes of accreditation for freshwater, mineral and carbogas:

  • Pesticide Multiresidues
  • Glyphosate, AMPA and Glufosinate
  • Multi-residue PAHs
  • Multi-residue VOCs

These New Generations analyses developed exclusively by our R&D team offer a double advantage, combining high reactivity and reduced environmental impact through the use of low volumes of water and solvents:

  • Economical sample transport: low volume of water required due to reduced amount of test sample taken.
  • More environmentally friendly extraction: solvent volume less than 1 mL
  • Accreditation of a complete and relevant pesticide package at a quantification threshold of 0.01 µg/L
  • Recognised reactivity: analysis time 3 to 5 days

Our team of COFRAC-qualified water sampling technicians, equipped with refrigerated vehicles, ensures the collection and transport of your samples as quickly as possible and the respect of the transport temperature.

Find our updated scope of accreditation.

We invite you to contact your regional agency for further details.

01Mar 2018

The M. A. D. E. takes place on 20 and 21 March 2018 in Paris Porte de Versailles, Hall 7.1 and the laboratory exhibits for the second consecutive year.

The exhibition is a meeting place for all the actors and project leaders of distribution networks for the co-creation of tailor-made products, own brands and national brands.

The Phytocontrol laboratory is ready to present its offers of contaminant analysis services related to food and water safety.

More than 4,000 visitors are expected for nearly 1,300 exhibitors.

Our team of specialists will be pleased to meet you on stand C5!

23Feb 2018

The use of bisphenol A (BPA) as a monomer in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles is authorised by Regulation (EU) No 10/2011. However some restrictions apply, BPA is prohibited in the manufacture of polycarbonate baby bottles. Following the publication of Regulation (EU) 2018/213, the ban on the use of BPA is reinforced in the manufacture of polycarbonate cups and bottles for infants and young children.

On the other hand, no BPA migration is permitted from varnishes or coatings applied to materials and articles specifically intended to come into contact with infant formulae, follow-on formulae, cereal-based preparations, baby food, foods for special medical purposes developed to meet the nutritional needs of infants and young children or milk-based drinks and similar products specifically intended for children. The Regulation also lowers the MSM (Specific Migration Limit) of BPA to 0.05 mg BPA per kg of food (mg/kg) for plastic materials and articles to ensure that exposure remains below the TDI-t (Temporary Tolerable Daily Intake of 4 µg/kg body weight per day) and does not present a danger to human health. This restriction also applies to BPA used in varnishes and interior coatings for food cans.

The regulation is applicable from 6 September 2018, you will find it in its entirety :

Please note that our laboratory is able to determine the content of bisphenol A under COFRAC accreditation in products of plant origin and certain animal products. You will find the details of our COFRAC accreditations via our technical appendix COFRAC N°1-1904 available in your customer area or on the COFRAC website.

For all technical, pricing and/or regulatory information, do not hesitate to contact us.

16Feb 2018


According to Regulation 1169/2011, substances or products causing allergies or intolerances listed in Annex II must be labelled.
These substances include crustaceans, eggs, fish, peanuts, soybeans, milk, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, lupines, molluscs and certain nuts.
In its notice 24-2017, the Scientific Committee of the FASFC proposed to use the lower limit of the 95% confidence interval of ED05 (Dose triggering an allergic reaction in 5% of a sensitive population) as the reference dose for the risk assessment of ingestion of allergenic foods.
The following reference doses (expressed in mg of protein allergenic food) are recommended by the Scientific Committee for Risk Assessment:

Food allergens Proposed Reference Dose (mg of protein) Allergen concentration based on proposed reference dose (mg food protein allergen / kg)
Portion 25g Portion 400g
Arachid (peanut) 1,1 44 2,8
Milk 1,2 48 3
Egg 0,3 12,4 0,8
Hazelnuts 0,5 20 1,3
Nuts 0,5 20 1,3
Cashew nuts 0,6 24 1,5
Other nuts 0,5 20 1,3
Soybean 2,9 116 7,3
Wheat (and all cereals containing gluten) 1,3 52 3,3
Mustard 0,1 4 0,3
Lupin 4,5 180 11,3
Sesame seeds 0,4 16 1
Shrimps and prawns 12,1 484 30,3
Other crustaceans

At present, there is insufficient bibliographic data to establish a reference dose for crustaceans other than shrimps, molluscs, fish and celery.
The reference doses proposed in this opinion do not concern allergens that have been added as ingredients. In this case, the regulations require their labelling.
These doses should not be used as limits to conclude that a product is “free” from a specific allergen.

Know that your Phytocontrol laboratory is able to look for proteins in the following allergenic foods: Milk, Egg, Soya, Cereals containing Gluten and Crustaceans.
You will find the details of our COFRAC accreditations via our technical appendix COFRAC N°1-1904 available in your customer area or on the COFRAC website.

Full notice from the FASFC:
Notice 24-2017: Reference doses for allergens listed in Annex II to Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 of 25 October 2011.

For all technical, pricing and/or regulatory information, do not hesitate to contact your regional agency.

13Feb 2018


EFSA has recently published its new absorption model for pesticide residues:”Model PRIMO EFSA Rev 3” applicable since the 1st February 2018.
This file gathers the consumption data provided by the various Member States of the European Union and allows to evaluate the dietary risks of pesticide residues in particular, within the framework of setting up or revising an MRL.
The model makes it possible to assess both acute and chronic risk for the consumer.
The amendments included the addition of new food consumption data as well as an update of the classification of food products according to the latest Annex I of the current Regulation No. 396/2005.

The short-term toxicological evaluation appendices developed by our laboratory (Annex ARFD) have been completely revised taking into account the data of this new model and this, since February 1st, 2018.
These annexes are carried out within the framework of pesticide residue analysis, on the matrices identified in Annex I of Regulation 396/2005 and on request.

For further information, please contact your regional Phytocontrol agency.