Other contaminants

At Phytocontrol, our core activity is the analysis of contaminants, and we are continually expanding this core by adding specific contaminants to our portfolio. Besides testing for the main categories of contaminants, Phytocontrol is proud to offer a comprehensive service capable of handling all aspects of your control plan.

  • Melamine
  • Bisphenol A
  • Acrylamide
  • PAHs
  • Phthalates and other plasticizers
  • Alkaloids: ergot and Datura, chaconine and solanine, piperine, capsaicin
  • Inorganic ions: nitrates, nitrites, bromides, chlorides
  • Prohibited dyes
  • Alcohols

With a view to providing a global response to your analytical needs, Phytocontrol has also developed an accredited set of complementary analyses. Simplify your testing plan by choosing a specialised service provider capable of delivering a comprehensive solution for all your needs.

  • Nutritional values
  • Authentication of plant and animal species
  • Physical chemistry of water

Through partnerships with specialised French laboratories COFRAC-accredited for certain types of testing, Phytocontrol also provides the following analyses:

  • Radioactivity (CS 137, CS 138, I 131)
  • Veterinary drug residues
  • Residual solvents

Even for the most extensive or diverse control plans, the Phytocontrol Laboratory can provide you with a complete solution adapted to your needs: Contact us!


  • Melamine is a chemical intermediate used in the production of resins and plastics. European Commission Regulation (EC) No 1135/2009 governs the analysis and the presence of melamine and similar compounds in food and foodstuffs.


  • The food industry, together with national authorities and the European Commission, has developed a “toolbox” (last update: January 2014) to highlight ways to reduce the levels of acrylamide in food. Short extracts from the toolbox have been published as sector-specific brochures:
  • EFSA has published a good cooking practices guide for maintaining the levels of acrylamide in food prepared at home as low as possible, available here.


  • Through its food industry portal, the French National Food Industries Association (ANIA) informs members of changes in regulatory and societal norms relating to food safety, quality, nutrition and consumer information.
  • The European Commission publishes information on food-related legislation here.