News

14Nov 2016

Actus-colorants

PHYTOCONTROL has the pleasure to announce you that as a supplement to your analyses already made in the laboratory, the R*D service recently developed an innovative method of analysis allowing the research for 21 colouring agents forbidden in spices, condiments, sauces and food were consisted in the human food supply.

The method was developed in LC-MS / MS with limits of quantification from 0.01mg / kg according to colouring agents.

Among the studied forbidden colouring agents, you will find in particular the various SUDAN, the ORANGE II or still the RHODAMINE B who are frequently the object of European alerts.

The regulation (EU N°1333 / 2008) and its modifications supply a list of food coloring agents the use of which is authorized in certain foodstuffs. Any colouring agents not included in this list are forbidden.

For any technical, tariff and/or statutory information, do not hesitate to contact your regional Phytocontrol agency.

18Oct 2016

Image SIAL - ACTU

 

The SIAL in Paris is an international fair which gathers the actors of the industry, the distribution, the businesstrade, the catering and the buyers around the stakes and the innovations of the food-processing industry.

During this event, 7000 exhibitors are represented. It also welcomes more than 155 000 visitors who come from all around the world.

Come to find us on our stand located in Hall 7: 7 F 295 in the Exhibition center Paris-Villepinte !

 

30Sep 2016

Photo actu EATi

 

ANSES has just published September 28, 2016 a study on baby food.
Total Diet Studies (EAT) ANSES aim to monitor population exposure to a large number of substances in food, pesticide residues, environmental contaminants, newly formed compounds, toxins natural, additive, or trace elements, etc.
The diet of less than 3 years were screened and nearly 670 substances were search.
Although results obtained confirm a good level of control of health risks to the potential presence of contaminants in food, 16 substances were found to be disturbing.
For 9 substances, situation calls for particular vigilance. These are substances for which a significant number of children has a greater exposure to toxicological reference values:
- Inorganic arsenic
- lead
- nickel
- PCDD / F
- PCB
- Mycotoxins T-2 & HT-2
- acrylamide
- Deoxynivalenol
- furan
Concerning these substances 9, ANSES recommends establishment or strengthening of management measures to limit exposure levels (management policy environmental releases, process control, mounting regulatory or reduction of existing thresholds thresholds ).

For 7 other substances, the risk can not be ruled out:
- Aluminium
- Cobalt
- Strontium
- Methylmercury
- selenium
- Cadmium
- Genistein in soy consumers
For substances for which the risk can not be excluded or could not be assessed, the Agency recommends to acquire complementary knowledge.
We invite you to read the report of this study directly on the site of the handles to the following link:

https://www.anses.fr/fr/content/l%E2%80%99anses-passe-au-crible-l%E2%80%99alimentation-des-enfants-de-moins-de-trois-ans

27Sep 2016

Fruit attractive 2016

Fruit Attraction, International Trade Show for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry, will take place the 5th to 7h of october in Madrid. Once again, the Phytocontrol team will be pleased to meet you there.

The huge involvment of Pytocontrol towards its operators of the Food field is still straightened this year by various innovations, meeting the needs of the field :

- Pesticides
- Mycotoxins
- Heavy metals
- HAP
- GMOs
- Allergens
- Dioxins
- Microbiology
- Trainings and audits

We wait for you in our booth. This event shows the position of the laboratory and our proximity in the field.

23Sep 2016

Sans titre

The trade Secur’Food, will take place the 11th to 12h of october in Avignon. Once again, the Phytocontrol team will be pleased to meet you there. This event shows the position of the laboratory and our proximity in the field.

The huge involvment of Pytocontrol towards its operators of the Food field is still straightened this year by various innovations, meeting the needs of the field :

- Pesticides
- Mycotoxins
- Heavy metals
- HAP
- GMOs
- Allergens
- Dioxins
- Microbiology
- Trainings and audits

We wait for you in our booth. Find all the information on http://www.securfood.com/fr/

05Sep 2016

Photo actu Bilan DGAL 2015

 

Plans for monitoring and control of DGAL on the year 2015 was published in the official bulletin of the Ministry of Agriculture August 25, 2016.

For pesticides in products of plant origin, the results show an increase in non-conformities in relation to the balance sheet of the previous year.
The total number of samples analyzed totaled 1,432: 706 for the monitoring plan (358 of cereals, vegetables on 160 leafy vegetables and 188 of pome fruit) and 726 for control plane (342 on fruits and 384 on vegetables).
For monitoring plan: 3.8% non-compliant samples against 2.8% in 2014 and control plan: 7.6% against 5.6% in 2014.
According to DGAL, non-compliance can be explained by poor agricultural practices: non-compliance with maximum permissible doses and / or pre-harvest, use of unauthorized products on the culture, products derived from a culture a neighboring culture, insufficient rinsing the sprayer … some non-conformities would be linked to the persistence in the soil of certain authorized products and applied to the previous crop or longer before.
Among molecules which were subject of non-compliance:
- Amitraz (Pear)
- Dimethoate (Cherry, Tomato, Cabbage)
- Prosulfocarb (Cresson, Apple)
- Dieldrin (Radish, Cardon, Zucchini)
- Iprodione (Spinach)
- Lenacil (Spinach)
- Chlorothalonil (Spinach)
Note that more than 31% of spinach samples were found non-compliant, with half having a non-compliance with MRLs for several different active substances (iprodione, lenacil, chlorothalonil). Samples of spinach were scheduled for 2016.

Other checks:

- Supervisory Review residues anabolic substances, prohibited pesticides and veterinary drugs in animals and animal products.
- POPs monitoring Assessment (Dioxins, PCBs, brominated flame retardants RBF, PAH) in animals and animal products.
- Supervisory Review of trace metals in animals and animal products.
- Radionuclide balance in animal commodities and animal.
- Contamination Monitoring Assessment Bisphenol A in food of animal origin not packaged canned.
- Shellfish toxin monitoring Bilan in shellfish at the distribution stage (diarrheal toxins DSP toxins amnesic ASP, paralyzing toxins PSP).
- Histamine Surveillance Review in fish at the distribution stage.
- Escherichia coli monitoring Assessment and Norovirus in oysters at the distribution stage.
- Escherichia coli monitoring Bilan Shiga toxin-producing (STEC) in refrigerated beef minced meat at the distribution stage.
- Salmonella monitoring Bilan spp. fresh meat pork to the distribution stage.
- Contaminant Monitoring Results in animal feed.

You will find full details of this assessment DGAL 2015 to the link below:

Bilan 2015 DGAL

29Aug 2016

 

Photo actu Norovirus

 

PHYTOCONTROL is pleased to announce you that in addition to laboratory analyzes already performed, R&D department has recently developed an innovative method of analysis to qualitative and quantitative research silmutaneous of Norovirus GI, GII and Hepatitis A virus in plants by RT-PCR.

Norovirus and hepatitis A virus are major enterovirus responsible for collective food poisoning.
Their transmission is by person-way, by consumption of contaminated food, contact with water or food contaminated surfaces, or by contact with contaminated materials.

Since 2013, many European Alerts (RASFF) have been launched for the detection of these viruses in various foodstuffs.
At present, no regulatory threshold has been set at European level.
Since 1 January 2015, the FCD (Federation of Commerce and Distribution) asks its suppliers quantification of norovirus and hepatitis A in certain foodstuffs when qualitative research demonstrated their presence. This process is performed under a control plan for the establishment of a limit in 24 months.

According to the biohazard description form transmissible through food / Norovirus (ANSES, May 2011), studies in volunteers showed that ID50 (dose that causes onset of infection by 50% of individuals exposed ) for norovirus GI is between 18 and 1 000 particles (assayed by RT-PCR) but in some individuals, ingestion of less than 5 particles resulted symptoms.

For technical information, pricing and / or regulations, please contact your regional office.

29Jun 2016

Sans titre

It took several weeks for the COFRAC teams to audit and validate all the extensions and renewals requested by PHYTOCONTROL this year.

Our team is immensely proud and happy to present its new scope of accreditation. The requested extensions confirm PHYTOCONTROL leadership for a highly specialized contaminants analysis service, and open on specific and technical customer issues.

In order to always meet your needs, we are pleased to introduce our complementary expertise on Microbiological Contaminants and Nutritional Analysis .

pesticides

Glyphosate and AMPA : Accredited on Fruit & Vegetables, grains and oilseeds, juice and alcoholic beverages.

ETU and PTU : Flexible scope development available

BAC and DDAC : Flexible scope development available

metals

Completed list and list of matrices extendendSpeciation arsenic and mercury available on flexible scope development

mycotoxins

DON and zearalenone : Also accredited on specific LC

GMO

New target and events in corn and soybean

allergens

Allergens: Also accredited by Elisa method

Gluten : Accredited flexible scope in order to validate your matrices

vignette microbio

Water and food microbiology

other contaminants

PAH : Completed list and list of matrices extendend

Phthalates : Flexible scope development available

Antibiotics : Chloramphenicol on animal products

Physical chemistry : Nutritional values

 

The detail of our new technical annex, our accreditation certificate, in force since 1st  June 2016 is available onThe COFRAC website.Our updated internal scope also lists all the new methods developed in flexible scope .