16Mar 2017

In cosmetics 2017

Phytocontrol Laboratory will be present on April, 4th, 5th and 6th in the In Cosmetics February show in London. Meet 800 suppliers in just 3 days!

Discover the latest ingredients and emerging technologies. Find new formulations to optimise your products. Attend a unique educational programme on market trends, regulations, formulation, and scientific advances.

So we invite you to come and visit us on Stand D56 in the French hall!

In-cosmetics Global

ExCel London – One Western Gateway

Royal Victoria Dock – London

13Mar 2017

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Piperonyl butoxide (PBO) is a synergist used in numerous pesticides. Synergists are chemical products that do not have a pesticide effect but improve the pesticide properties of other chemical products. PBO can be added to phytosanitary compositions containing pyrethrins or more generally compounds of the pyrethroid family. After ingestion by insects, PBO inhibits the secretion of certain enzymes and potentiates the insecticide properties of the phytosanitary product. PBO has harmful effects on human endocrine functions and on the environment.

Click here to see the ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety) opinion from July 2013 on setting maximum residue limits (MRLs) for piperonyl butoxide in plants

According to the ITAB (French Research Institute for Organic Farming) guide on inputs (Instructions to the guide – September 2016), products containing PBO will be banned in organic farming according to the following timeline:

  • Removal of “AB” (organic farming) from the labels of affected products for sale and in distribution on 31 March 2017
  • Remaining stock to be used by 30 September 2017

Click below to see the lists of plant protection products and basic substances authorised in organic farming in France:

ITAB’s website will publish a new version of the guide to plant protection products authorised in organic farming in France. Products containing PBO will be removed from the list on 30 September 2017. Until then, they will be marked with an asterisk in the guide.

03Mar 2017

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The World Health Organization defines an endocrine disruptor (EDC) as “an exogenous substance or mixture that alters function(s) of the endocrine system and consequently causes adverse health effects in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub)populations. A potential endocrine disruptor is an exogenous substance or mixture that possesses properties that might be expected to lead to endocrine disruption in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub)populations.”


In general, EDCs are naturally-occurring (hormones), medical (contraceptives) or synthetic (industrial products) chemical substances that are found in common consumer products, agricultural treatments and cosmetics and can interfere with human endocrine gland function.

According to a report by ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety; updated on 22/05/2014), EDCs can have various effects on the body, including:

  • Mimicking the action of a natural hormone and thus eliciting the response caused by the hormone
  • Preventing a hormone from binding and thus from transmitting its signal
  • Disrupting the production or control of hormones or hormone receptors.

At present, suspected substances include pesticides, bisphenol A, phthalates and brominated compounds.

Current legislation

Various European authorities are working with member states to try to identify relevant criteria for classifying these substances. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has put in place protocols for detecting effects related to endocrine disruptors. European legislation does not currently include a universally accepted definition or criteria.

Phytocontrol’s expertise

Our laboratory can determine the concentrations of the following substances in food matrices and/or in water:

  • pesticide residues (biocides, phytopharmaceuticals, synthetic pyrethroids): several dozen active materials currently tested by Phytocontrol are suspected of being endocrine disruptors
  • chlordecone, ethylene thiourea
  • bisphenol A, 4-nonylphenol
  • acrylamide
  • ortho-phenylphenol (OPP)
  • heavy metals and organotin compounds
  • mycotoxins
  • phthalates
  • HAPs
  • dioxins
  • PCB
  • furans
  • veterinary residues
03Feb 2017

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Phytocontrol Laboratory will be present on February 8th, 9th and 10th at the Fruit Logistica show in Berlin.

About 3000 exhibitors and 70.000 visitors are expected this year for this world high mass of the sector Fruit and Vegetables.

This show covers every sectors of fresh fruit and vegetable and supplies a complete image of the last innovations, products and services.

Historically present since its creation, asserting its implication in the service of the Fruit and Vegetables sector , Phytocontrol will expose again within the french hall.

So we invite you to come to meet our teams on our stand A-02, Hall 22

24Jan 2017

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In 2015-2016, EFSA and European Union member states worked together to collect data for the monitoring and evaluation of chemical products in food. This report deals with various topic related to food safety:

-        Pesticide residues:

In 2014, 83,000 samples were analysed by the 28 EU member states, Iceland and Norway through national monitoring programs. 778 different pesticides and metabolites were tested. 97.1% of the samples tested were compliant with MRLs, which is in line with previous years. The pesticides that most often exceeded MRLs were: chlorpyrifos, carbendazim, dimethoate, acetamiprid, imidacloprid, anthraquinone, iprodione, fosetyl-Al, hexaconazole, cypermethrin, profenofos and dithiocarbamates.

The program coordinated by the EU covered a total of 213 pesticides: 191 in food of plant origin and 58 in food of animal origin, in 12 different matrices.

It was concluded that for the majority of the samples analysed, short-term exposure (acute risk) could be judged negligible or not likely to pose health problems for consumers, but a possible short-term risk to the health of consumers could not be totally excluded. EFSA believes, however, that the pesticide residues in this program do not pose a risk to consumer health in the long-term (chronic risk). More information

-        Veterinary drug residues in animals and in food:

The data collected in 2014 on the 730,000 samples analysed shows high levels of compliance, even if the non-compliance rate of the targeted samples increased slightly over previous years (.37%; contaminants in question: metals and mycotoxins) More information

-        Acrylamide in foodstuffs:

With the data collected between 2010 and 2013, CONTAM scientists were able to confirm previous studies that found that acrylamide in food potentially increases the risk of cancer for consumers of all ages. The types of food that contribute the most to acrylamide exposure are fried potato products, coffee, biscuits, bread and toast. The choice of ingredients, the storage method and the cooking temperature can influence the quantity of acrylamide formed in the various food products and thus the level of exposure.

EFSA and the member states published an infographic with tips for reducing the level of acrylamide in food, accessible through the following link: here 

-        Fatty acid esters of glycidol and 3-MCPD in vegetable oils and foodstuffs:

The highest concentrations of fatty acid esters of glycidol (GE) and of 3-MCPD and 2-MCPD (including the esters thereof) were found in palm oil and palm fats, followed by other oils and fats. Nevertheless, the scientific panel’s review revealed that the levels of GE in palm oils and palm fats were cut in half between 2010 and 2015, due to voluntary measures adopted by producers. More information

Click here to see the complete EFSA report

And be sure to check out these two videos from EFSA:

-        Pesticides in the food industry

-        Process contaminants

In addition, EFSA has just revealed its new database: OpenFoodTox, available here!

This tool compiles the data on more than 4,000 chemical substances and more than 1,600 EFSA scientific opinions published since 2002.

04Jan 2017


 The glyphosate is a phytosanitary product absorbed by leaves, classified in the category of weed-killers. It is a non-selective systematic weed-killer, called “total”, the most used in the world for the agricultural, urban and industrial weeding. It degrades mainly in grounds. We also find it in the water, the rivers and in groundwaters.

The glyphosate can be present, according to the conditions, under three forms (acid, monovalent, divalent):

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The LMR (Maximal Limit of Residue) of the glyphosate include these three forms, and vary according to the type of matrices. A single cation of its salts is regulated this day, the sulfosate. During its degradation, the glyphosate generates a known metabolite: the aminométhylphosphoniq acid(or AMPA).


Phytocontrol answers the statutory criteria by making analyses:

- Of the glyphosate (and of its product of degradation the AMPA) under COFRAC accreditation,

- Of the sulfosate or the Trimethylsulfonium cation resulting from the use of glyphosate.

19Dec 2016

Actu prélèvement eaux

After of the development of its pole Hydro, Phytocontrol Laboratory has just received the national approval of the Ministry of Health for the realization of the takings and the analyses of the health control of waters. This approval carries on:

- The analysis of waters intended for the human consumption, with the exception of natural mineral waters,

- The analysis of waters of swimming pool and bathings (fitted out bathings and other bathings).

Consult the detailed impact of the approvals

14Dec 2016


After many years of development and with research expertise of residues and their métabolites of degradation, the new site Phytocontrol, specially designed and dedicated to the GLP activities, just to be recognized in compliance with the Good Laboratory Practice.

Two activity are covered by this GLP certification: validation of methods and residue analysis.

To accompany you in the elaboration of your files for the registration of your new plant protection products, your files of renewal or within the framework of an extension of use, the set of our GLP teams provides you with its expertise and gives you access from now on to a wide range of service dedicated:

  • Validation of analytical methods according to SANCO/825/00 and SANCO/3029/99 guidance in every type of matrices (plant, animal, environmental, agro-food processing, ecotoxicologic matrices and Operator exposure).
  • Inter Laboratory Validation
  • Monitoring (every types of water)
  • Dislodgeable Foliar Residue (DFR)
  • Residue analysis : HS (Harvest), DCS (Decline Curve), RDCS (Reverse Decline Curve) on all crops (open field and protected))
  • Studies of the stability of molecules after freezing in vegetables (long term studies over 2 or 3 years)
  • Coordination of mono or multi-sites studies.

As a supplement to your analysis already made in the laboratory, the new GLP service of Phytocontrol claims to be able of answering your requirements in terms of reactivity, of deadline and of reliability and in the understanding and the interpretation of the results. Besides, our Logistic-cold national network assures you the total control of the routing of your samples.

Contact our GLP service